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STEERING AND SUSPENSION

 

Suspension

Your car’s suspension system is an intricate network of synchronized components designed to give you a smooth, even, stable ride. As some of the suspension parts are nearest the ground, they are liable to damage which leads to the parts wearing out or even breaking. If your car doesn’t seem to ride like it used to, you may have a problem with your steering and/or suspension.

 

Below we have listed some of the problems associated with wearing parts and incorrect balance or alignment between parts:

 

1. The car is pulling to one side while driving

    • The cause can be low or uneven tyre pressure-check tyre pressure on all four wheels
    • The wheel alignment may be out-check and adjust if necessary
    • Steering components worn-inspect tie rod ends and steering rack
    • You may have a sticking brake caliper-inspect brakes for uneven wear or excessive heat and replace if necessary.

 

2. The car appears to wander and the steering feels light and unresponsive

  • The cause can be low or uneven tyre pressure-check tyre pressure on all four wheels
  • You may have uneven tyre wear-check all tyres for wear
  • Your wheels may not be aligned or balanced properly-get both checked
  • Check your steering rack for leaks or wear

3. The car continues to bounce after you have driven over a bump in the road or it dives under braking.

  • The cause can be worn shock absorbers on either the front or rear of the car or both.
  • You might have a broken leaf or coil spring.
  • Nowadays the number of coil springs fitted is greater than the number of shock absorbers fitted.
  • Shock absorbers should always be replaced in pairs

4. The steering seems to be slipping-as you turn the wheel or hold it in a turned position it feels like it is slipping slightly back and forth. The steering wheel is harder to turn especially at low speed eg parking

  • Your power steering fluid may be low-add fluid
  • Loose or worn power steering belt-adjust or replace
  • Leaking power steering rack-inspect rack for leaks