A vehicle’s suspension is what gives you a smooth ride. Every bump the tire hits – unless it’s too big – is dampened by various suspension components. However, a comfy ride is not the suspension’s only job. It also helps keep you safe on the road. If the suspension on your vehicle is worn or broken, Yocum Automotive has certified technicians for suspension repair and service.
The steering and suspension are often mentioned together because they work together. Steering components include tie rods, gearboxes, rack-and-pinions, a power steering pump, and, of course, the steering wheel. While the steering turns the tires, the suspension keeps the tires on the ground and attaches the vehicle’s body to the chassis. It also supports the vehicle’s weight. The suspension system includes struts, shocks, springs, control arms and sway bars.
The steering and suspension system provides:
The steering and suspension will give you “hints” when you need suspension repair and service or auto repair. Worn shocks and struts cause a bumpy ride. They also cause less stability and longer stopping distances.
If the steering wheel doesn’t line up – it’s off-center or pulls to one side – you could have a steering or suspension issue. When testing this theory, make sure you are on a flat road. Roads with larger crowns could make it seem as though your alignment is out since the vehicle will pull to some extent when riding on a crowned road. The certified technicians at Yocum Automotive can diagnose the problem and repair it so your vehicle is safe again.
If you hear noises, including clunking and squeaking when driving over a rough road or hitting a bump or pothole, you most likely have issues with the suspension. Uneven tire wear is another sign that something is wrong with the suspension.
Finally, if you have to fight the steering wheel, you could have a steering or suspension problem.
If you suspect anything wrong with the suspension or steering, Yocum Automotive can diagnose and repair the issue. Yocum Automotive does digital vehicle inspections when you come in for auto repair or preventative maintenance. If something is visibly wrong with the suspension, we’ll warn you so you can fix it that day or bring your vehicle in at a more convenient-to-you time.
Regular inspections and alignment checks keep you ahead of the game in most cases. The shocks, struts and some bushings are usually the first things to malfunction. However, neglecting to check the power steering fluid will also cause major problems.