Your steering and suspension system, also known as SAS, supports your vehicle, absorbs shocks and bumps, and allows your car to turn in response to your steering input. The system is very complex and comprised of hundreds of different parts, especially considering that there are many different types of suspension designs. However, there are also certain major subsystems, such as the wheels and tires, the springs, the shock absorbers and struts, as well as the linkages, joints and hydraulics. They all play a major part in keeping your car on the road, offering a smooth ride, and easy control and handling of your vehicle. They are also all prone to failure, which is why it's important to have your SAS checked regularly, especially if you live in areas with poorly maintained roads or rugged terrain.
Although in most cases mileage is a pretty good indicator of when to have your car checked, with regard to steering and suspension it is important to look for signs that indicate your SAS system is faltering. The sooner you get your vehicle inspected and fixed, the easier it will be. At Meineke #279 in Ballwin, MO, we conduct thorough assessments so be sure to bring your car in as soon as you experience issues such as noise coming from under your car (whether it's clunking, grinding, or rattling), excessive sway or lean when you're turning, or vibration in your steering wheel. Other symptoms may include uneven or premature tire wear or fluid leak from seals.
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.
Sometimes, the issues you are experiencing with your SAS system may seem more of an inconvenience than a problem, but the truth is that these symptoms can quickly escalate and cause dangerous situations. Even if they don't, problems with steering and suspension can lead to other issues, which will end up costing you more when it's time to service your car. Therefore, there are many benefits of having your SAS serviced - one of the most important being better brake performance. A properly working steering and suspension also prevents uneven and premature tire wear and helps you better handle your vehicle which leads to a safer ride. Last but not least, a great suspension makes for a more comfortable ride, so you can enjoy driving again.
Whether it's your steering and suspension that needs servicing or any other part of your vehicle, Meineke is here to get you back on the road and on with life as quickly and hassle-free as possible. We do things right the first time around, so you don't have to worry when it comes to your vehicle. Our expert technicians will conduct a thorough inspection and evaluation to make sure there's no hidden damage or cause of your car's symptoms. You'll get a detailed report and repair plan and we won't move forward until we have your approval. It's as seamless as it gets! Contact us today or schedule an appointment and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your car service options.
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