About Suspension and Steering Systems

The primary function of your cars suspension and steering systems is to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.

Suspension System
Suspension & Steering

Steering Systems

Worn or loose components affect the ability to control the toe angle, and may result in a loss of directional stability and accelerated tire wear. The main components of a Conventional system are:

  • Steering Gear Box
  • Center Link
  • Pitman Arm
  • Idler Arm
  • Tie Rods

The main components of a Rack and Pinion steering system are:

  • Rack and Pinion Assembly
  • Bellows Boots
  • Tie Rods

Suspension System

Worn or loose components affect the suspension systems ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:

  • Control Arms
  • Ball Joints
  • Springs (Coil or Leaf)
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Struts
Steering System

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions

  • Do not attempt repairs that are beyond your tools and expertise level, these systems are critical and life-threatening if repaired incorrectly.
  • Purchase or borrow a torque wrench BEFORE starting. ALL mounting bolts and nuts MUST be torqued to factory specs to maintain the integrity of the entire system. Factory torque specs can be found in most competent service manuals, from a friendly dealership parts department, or through online repair sites and bulletin boards.

Get your suspension checked and make sure your driving straight.