Your steering and suspension are two separate systems that work in together to keep your car under control.

The suspension system supports the weight of your vehicle, provides a smooth ride and creates stable road control, drivability and handling.
The steering system provides directional control of your car. In a way, your steering system selects the direction of the suspension system and the car simply follows along as it is riding atop of the suspension system.

That’s why is important to keep your steering and suspension components in good working conditions. Components include your shocks and struts, control arms, bushings, ball joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, rack and pinion, steering gear among others.

When should my suspension and steering be checked out?

Your steering and suspension system should be reviewed on a periodic basis just like all other systems on your car.
Most manufacturers recommend inspecting each system at least every 50,000 miles.
Annually, regardless of miles, age deteriorates rubber and hydraulic parts.
When tires are replaced, worn parts can reduce tire life.
When oil and filter is changed a visual inspection should be performed.
If you see fluid leaking under the engine bay.
Anytime your vehicle is in for routine service and there’s access to the systems.
When your brake system is serviced.
When you feel that your vehicle shows irregular control or handling characteristics.
Also, if you have any of these symptoms, driving with a crocked steering wheel, you feel some play while driving, noises while going over bumps or dips.

You’ll learn this and more on the posts of this blog, stay tuned.

Stop by Comtires to have your vehicles steering and suspension checked by one of our qualified ASE certified technicians.

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