To safely operate your vehicle, a well-maintained steering and suspension system is critical. Without proper maintenance and repair of important steering and suspension components, control of your vehicle can be compromised. An example of this is when a wheel alignment issue goes unchecked. Over time, this issue can cause the vehicle to veer to one side or another, even when the steering wheel isn’t being turned.

In addition to the obvious mechanisms of steering and suspension like the steering wheel, steering column, and the wheels themselves, there are additional components that will inevitably wear down and require service or replacement given enough time.

Shocks, Struts and Springs

Some vehicles on the road today make use of independent shock absorbers for suspension throughout the system. Others may use struts (an assembly including a coil spring) to accomplish the same goal of keeping road vibration down and allowing for a comfortable ride. With enough abuse from speed bumps, railroad crossings, and daily wear-and-tear, these precision suspension parts can wear down and require replacement.

The best way to tell if your shocks or struts require service is if your vehicle bottoms out during clearance of road variations like dips, bumps, or steep hills. Also, if the vehicle continues to bounce after clearance of a bump in the road, that’s another sign that service may be needed. Ignoring a suspension issue like bad shocks, struts, or springs could result in damage to the undercarriage of your vehicle. This could include damage to the exhaust system, transmission casing, and other vital components.

Steering System Calibration and Service

For your car, truck, van, or SUV to operate smoothly, the steering system needs to be in good working order. Part of the ongoing maintenance for most steering systems is an alignment of all four wheels, to ensure that they are calibrated to remain in sync with each other during driving. Foregoing this can result in uneven tire wear and unsafe driving conditions.

The steering system also requires specific fluid to function optimally. This fluid can begin to leak from cracks or faults in the steering system. If this happens, it’s just a matter of time before the steering system is totally compromised, presenting a serious problem for the driver. To determine the right steering fluid and replacement components for your vehicle, rely on the professionals at Thompson Automotive. We will do the research to locate the exact parts you need, and we’ll never recommend repairs that aren’t needed.

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Don’t put off necessary service or repair for your suspension or steering systems. For your convenience, we service all of Englewood and the surrounding area. Many of our customers continue to bring their vehicles to us even after moving from the area – our expertise and professionalism turn first time visitors into lifelong customers. Come experience the Thompson Automotive difference, schedule an appointment today!