What are Ball Joints all about?
Ball joints are a part of your vehicle's suspension system that connect
the steering knuckles to the control arms. A ball joint is essentially a
flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the
same time, the wheels to steer. Cars and trucks will have multiple ball
joint assemblies depending on their type of suspension system. Like any
other suspension component, ball joints will eventually wear out and
become loose. Excessive play in the joint can affect wheel alignment and
tire wear. Loose joints can also cause suspension noise (typically a
"clunking" sound when going over a bump). If a ball joint fails, the
suspension can collapse, causing a loss of control of the vehicle.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Ball Joints?
● Clunking noise from front tires.
● Steering wheel shakes.
● Car moves to the right or left, esp. going
over the bumps.
● Vehicle tires have abnormal wear.
What is a Tie Rod End all about?
A carís steering wheel is connected to the steering gear that helps the
steering wheel turn the wheels. The steering gear is connected to the
wheels via the tie rod ends. The job of the tie rod end is to ensure the
wheels are aligned. It provides the adjustment for wheel alignment that
keeps the tires from wearing out on the inner and outer edges. If they
wear out, the wheels will lose alignment and you may find that the tires
and steering wheels are shaking when you drive the car.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Tie Rod End?
Excessive tire wear.
● Car pulling to the left or right.
● Steering wheel shakes.
● Vehicle cannot be aligned.
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.
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
components of a Rack and Pinion steering system are:
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:
Power Steering Maintenance
Service Assistant Article
Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Letís
break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the
actual parts that steer the vehicle.
Most people under 40 have never driven a car or truck without power
steering. Most vehicles today have a hydraulic power steering pump that
provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the
serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump. Some
vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.
The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will
eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. You can postpone
that day by having a power steering service from time to time. We will
drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water
and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your service
advisor for the recommended change interval.
What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything you can do to
maintain them? Yes. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your
technician will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.
Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out ó things
like loose steering and uneven tire wear.
Worn parts can be replaced to get you back on the road. Now, sometimes
parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. Itís
important to take care of these problems early on. If you neglect them,
the damaged parts stress other attached components which starts a chain
reaction of damage.
Steering maintenance is pretty straight forward: Replace power steering
fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. Thatíll
save you money in the long run.
Contact a professional service advisor at Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. for
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
101 N McCall Road
Englewood, Florida 34223
At Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. we install quality NAPA replacement parts.