Identifying steering and suspension issues

Suspension and steering issues

When you are driving your ability to steer your car safely and effectively is directly affected by your suspension. Here are some signs to watch for that indicate your suspension and steering require the attention of a mechanic.

How your Car’s Suspension Works

Your shock absorbers work in hand with your car’s suspension to handle the shocks of the road. A number of parts work together and it is your car’s leaf springs or coils that take most of the abuse and the actual shock absorbers that handle the rebound caused by the springs. The combination of the two parts work together to help you maintain control of your car while driving and a list of other parts work together to form your car’s suspension.

Types of Suspension

•    Conventional Suspension: This type of suspension system is most commonly found in pick-up trucks and SUVs. They are comprised of a series of parts such as rods, shafts, arms and knuckles.

•    Strut Suspension: A strut suspension system is found in front wheel drive vehicles and these systems combine the coils and shock absorbers into one unit. These units cost more but are more affordable in the long run as there are less parts that may require repairs down the road.

Signs of Trouble

Bad struts, shocks or springs:

•    Excessive bouncing when you hit a bump in the road

•    Difficulty maintaining control after sudden stops

•    A swerving feeling when changing lanes

•    Sagging in the rear of the vehicle

•    Nose dipping at a quick stop

Steering and suspension troubles:

•    Tire wear

•    Lack of steering control

•    Off-centre steering

When you experience any of these signs you can depend on Double B Automotive. They have been providing car maintenance in the Guelph area for many years. Visit www.doublebautomotive.com or call 519-767-3252 to schedule an appointment.

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