Steering & Suspension
car, van, SUV, truck or fleet vehicles to our service, repair and maintenance shop for Upper and
Lower Ball Joint Wear: If the suspension ball joints are worn it will
cause the spindle to wonder causing the steering wheel to shake. Ball
joints are a normal service item and need to be inspected regularly.
Inspect lower ball joints and tie rod ends for excessive wear.
Ask your ASE Certified Technician about the severity of worn Tie Rods, Ball Joints and
other front-end safety.
Our Technicians will check the Idler Arm and Tie Rod
Ends. The idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends are normal service items
and need to be inspected at normal service intervals. To inspect the idler
arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends, can manually be checked by turning the
steering wheel slightly (jog) back and forth. If excess movement is
observed from any of the steering components replacement is required.
DID YOU KNOW?
It's easy to take your
suspension system for granted, but normal wear and tear
can affect your handling and safety. A worn suspension part
starts a chain reaction that stresses other parts and causes
them Ė and your tires Ė to wear prematurely. Let us help you
take care of your suspension.
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.