What Do the Steering and Suspension Systems Do?
A car’s steering and suspension are separate systems but work synchronously to ensure a controlled ride. The suspension system is located on the undercarriage of your vehicle and has two main jobs: supporting the weight of the car and absorbing road bumps and flaws to create a smooth and stable ride. The steering system is the directional control component and what enables the driver to guide their vehicle. What you may not know is that the steering system is connected to the suspension, which is how you are able to maintain control while traversing adverse road conditions. The wheels are also connected to both systems, which is why proper wheel alignment is crucial. If your alignment isn’t at the correct angles, it affects how both your steering and suspension function. Overall, the steering system and suspension are directly responsible for balanced and smooth driving dynamics.
When to Visit for Steering and Suspension Service
We recommend having both the steering and suspension inspected on a regular basis here at Eric’s Car Care. Not only do routine inspections help confirm that both systems are in proper order, but it also ensures your safety on the road. Exact intervals depend on your specific vehicle, but universally, it’s advised to have both examined when your tires are replaced, the brake system is serviced, and during routine service where the components are easily accessible. However, it’s also a smart idea to come in if you notice irregular driving patterns. Since the systems are so closely related, there are a few signs to keep an eye out for that could indicate an issue with either: difficulty when steering and a reduced rate of control. However, they do each have symptoms of their own. A steering system that needs attention will exhibit a loose or stiff steering wheel, whining or groaning noises, steering that is slow to respond or a wheel that is hard to turn, and vibration. The suspension system displays signs of disarray in the form of pulling to the side, grinding when turning, drifting, and a rough and bumpy ride.
How We Can Help
At Eric’s Car Care in Houston, Texas, we are no strangers to the steering and suspension systems. We have the tools and intelligence to inspect these components, troubleshoot any problems, and provide expert repair or part replacement. We are equipped to service all major pieces with the steering, such as tie rods, rack and pinion, center link, and fluid. In terms of the suspension, we can service items like the sway bar, bearings, springs, ball joints, and bushings. Each job we perform is complete with a comprehensive three-year/36,000-mile warranty. We try hard to be your one-stop shop for all your car needs, and we’ll do everything we can to get your car running like new again. From routine inspections to system replacements, you can always turn to us! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 713-667-9293. You can find our Med. Center auto shop location at 6950 Kirby Drive. We are conveniently located one block south of La Fresca Pizza.