Steering, Suspension & Alignment Repair
Your car’s steering and suspension keep you on the right road. Properly aligned steering and suspension can help deliver a smooth and controlled ride. These complex systems require regular service and repair to work properly.
Why service is necessary: The steering and suspension system should be checked annually to prevent major repairs. Anytime you feel indicators of steering or suspension troubles, have your vehicle evaluated. Prolonged steering and suspension issues can cause safety risks over time.
Indicators that you need your steering and suspension system inspected include:
- Pulling to the side
- Trouble steering
- Issues driving over uneven roadways or dips
- Car continues to bounce after hitting a bump
- Tires wander or wiggle
- Steering seems to be sliding
What does the power steering light mean
If the power steering warning light on the dashboard illuminates, and the car steers normally, check the fluid level as soon as possible. If the light remains on after the fluid level is topped up, take your vehicle to your local Tire Pros for service.
If the power steering warning light comes on, and the car becomes very hard to steer, the power steering system has failed. You can steer the car, but it’s much harder to turn the wheel. Now you know why old cars (without power steering) have such large steering wheels! Have the car serviced as soon as possible?
Power steering fluid
Tightness of nuts and bolts
Uneven tires or wear
Loose or used power steering belts
Troubles with alignment
Impacts and/or Struts
Steering Wheel Alignment
Steering and Suspension Shocks and Struts
What do shocks and struts do?
Shock absorbers and struts have similar jobs in the car’s suspension. A shock absorber controls the movement of the coil spring and suspension components. Shock absorbers are designed to automatically adjust to road conditions, reducing bouncing, rolls, sway, brake dive, and acceleration squatting. A strut also performs movement dampening like a shock. But it also provides structural support for the suspension, supports the coil spring, and holds the tires in their position. Struts influence ride comfort and handling, as well as braking, steering, and wheel alignment.
How do I know when to replace shocks and struts?
Typically shocks and struts will last 50,000 to 100,000 miles before they should be replaced. However, there are some signs it’s time to replace them regardless of the mileage.
Inaccurate steering response
Swaying or leaning while you’re turning or changing lanes
Bouncing when driving, especially over highway bumps or curbs
Nose diving on braking
Should I replace all four shocks at the same time?
At the minimum, you should replace the struts in pairs, on either the front or back axle. If your car has 100,000 miles or more, go ahead and replace all four shocks. You’ll be glad you did.
Do new shocks and struts make a difference?
New shocks or struts can make a tired car feel peppy all over again. It will steer better. The ride will be more comfortable, and you won’t notice bumps and railroad tracks as much. New shocks and struts can transform the feeling of your car.
Our Steering & Suspension System Repair Includes
The steering and suspension system is important to your vehicle and your safety. Because of that, it must be working in the best condition to ensure the longevity of your car. AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC has the proper tools and technology to offer quick and comprehensive diagnostics and inspections. We have a targeted approach when it comes to finding the issue with steering and suspension, and our ASE-certified technicians are determined to fix the root cause of any problem as quickly as possible.
Steering & Suspension System FAQ
What can cause steering problems?
There are a few causes that could lead to problems in these systems:
Low power steering fluid
Bad or loose steering pump
Leaking power steering rack
Worn control arm bushings
What happens if your suspension system fails?
Driving on a failing suspension system will likely feel unbalanced and unstable. For safety reasons, the damaged or worn aspect should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible.
Does bad suspension affect steering?
Bad suspension can affect your ability to move the vehicle and steer. If there is something wrong with your suspension, it will be easier and safer to get it fixed sooner rather than later.
Why does my steering feel heavy?
Heavy steering could indicate a few issues with your steering system:
Low-power steering fluid
Broken serpentine belt
Bad steering rack
How do you diagnose steering and suspension problems?
If you suspect anything may be wrong with your steering and suspension problem, please call or visit AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC as soon as you can. We will be more than happy to help you get your vehicle back to its best.
AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC proudly serves the steering and suspension needs of customers in Sunrise and surrounding areas. If you are in need of a steering and suspension service in Sunrise, FL stop by AAA QUALITY COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, LLC and talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable ASE certified mechanics about your car’s steering & suspension service. Or feel free to give us a call at 954-572-0001, and we’ll be happy to help you with any concerns.
Ball Joint Replacement
The suspension system allows your tires to maintain constant contact with the road, especially on uneven surfaces like bumps and potholes.
Inner Tie Rod & Outer Tie Rod Replacement
As an important part of your vehicle’s steering and suspension system.
Shock absorbers are components in your vehicle’s suspension system.
While the function of shocks and struts is very similar, the biggest difference is in how they mount to your vehicle.
The primary function of your vehicle’s suspension system is to provide structural support while maintaining comfortable riding conditions.
Sway Bar Link Replacement Attached to each wheel in your vehicle’s suspension system is a stabilizer bar called the sway bar.
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