Steering and suspension may not be at the top of the list whenever you think about servicing your car, but they definitely should be. These are systems that help your vehicle drive smoothly and precisely. Commonly referred to as SAS, the steering and suspension system share some components, but they provide different benefits. The steering side is a complex chain of joints, levers and conversion devices that help control and guide your car, while the suspension side is made of springs, struts and hydraulics which keeps your vehicle at the proper height in order to absorb shock. There are two main types of steering systems: "rack and pinion" and "parallelogram", and they each require different approaches when you experience steering issues. The same is also true for suspension systems as there are many different designs available.
When it comes to the steering and suspension system of your vehicle, there are many factors to be taken into account and many forces and angles that need to be maintained or acted upon. A properly functioning SAS is vital for the safety of your ride, but it can also greatly reduce the cost of operating your car. Therefore, it's best to take your car in at the first signs of trouble, which are usually issues with the way your car steers or steering wheel vibrations. Another common sign is a vehicle that's hard to control or bounces too much. You may think that you can live with a little bounce here and there, but that can actually increase the braking distance and therefore the chances of an accident. Learn more about common signs of bad steering and suspension by contacting Meineke #1151 in Gardner, MA.
SAS problems not only can cause a bumpy ride, but can also lead to other problems such as alignment issues. This is why the repair process always starts with a system inspection which covers the shocks and struts, bushings, the upper and lower ball joint, tire rod ends, the rack and pinion or steering gear box, and many other components of the steering and suspension system. This thorough inspection will help determine the cause of your vehicle's symptoms, and also help draft a detailed report. Based on this information, our expert technicians will be able to provide a repair plan and go over the results with you so you can approve any repairs. We always aim to provide a transparent, straightforward process to help you make the best decisions for your car.
While having options when it comes to your steering and suspension repair is important, it is also necessary to have a well-rounded inspection and service. SAS problems can create other issues as well, the most common ones being wheel angle changes and premature tire wear. At Meineke #1151 in Gardner, MA, we offer wheel alignment and tire rotation services, which will take care of those issues for you. Misaligned wheels can cause a range of other problems, so it's best to have them properly aligned in conjunction with any steering and suspension repairs you may be doing. Tire rotation will help prevent premature tire wear, while also improving safe handling of your vehicle.
We promise to get you back to your life as quickly as possible while ensuring you enjoy a smooth, safe and controlled ride with a properly functioning SAS system. We promise to conduct a complete system evaluation in order to correctly determine the root problem and design the best repair plan for you and your vehicle. We always have greatly experienced and expert technicians working on your car, conducting all the necessary repairs that you approved, and making sure to have you back on the road in no time. At Meineke, we believe in transparency and trust, so we will provide you with a detailed report of our inspection as well as different repair options and plans, so that you can decide what's best for you.
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