The Importance of Good Steering and Suspension

Similar to your car’s brake system, the steering and suspension systems are incredibly important to the safety of the vehicle. Together, the steering and suspension largely determine your car’s ride and handling. It is important to have your car’s steering and suspension systems checked regularly, typically once a year and usually with a wheel alignment.

What does it do?

The suspension is responsible for maintaining the relationship between the wheels and the frame or unibody. The suspension system works with the steering system to provide safe vehicle control. When the suspension system is working properly, the suspension system helps absorb the energy from road irregularities such as potholes and helps to maintain vehicle stability. The steering system transmits your input from the steering wheel to the steering gear and other steering components to control the car’s direction.

Typical Wear and Tear

Over the course of time, the steering and suspension components wear out and require replacement. Regular checks are critical to maintain a safe car. The main factors that affect wear include:

• Driving habits
• Operating conditions
• Vehicle type
• Type of steering and suspension system
• Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment

Below is a list of symptoms that your car may experience when having trouble with steering or suspension.

• Pulling
• Uneven tire wear
• Noise and vibration while cornering
• Loss of control

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