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Your vehicle's suspension and steering are actually parts of the chassis and are two very important systems for the stability and control of your car. The suspension system is in charge of supporting the weight of your car, helping maintain tire contact, and therefore absorbing or dampening the shock. Simultaneously, the steering system is the mechanism that allows you to direct and guide your vehicle. The suspension is comprised of three fundamental components: springs, dampers, and anti-sway bars which help absorb the motion of the wheels, control unwanted spring motion, and provide additional stability. It is therefore essential that your steering and suspension work properly and are carefully maintained so that you can have full control of your vehicle and also enjoy an "un-bumpy" ride.
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 #1114 in Portsmouth, NH, 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.
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 #1114 in Portsmouth, NH, 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.
Taking care of your car shouldn't be a stressful, money draining experience. Even more so when it comes to your steering and suspension system which is crucial for a smooth and safe ride. To make sure you are in full control of your car, you need a trusted technician to inspect and work on your SAS system and that's exactly what you'll find at Meineke - greatly experienced, knowledgeable and trusted mechanics who will make sure to get things right the first time around. We want to get you back behind the wheel in the most time-saving, cost-effective manner possible, so be sure to give us a call or schedule an appointment to discuss your steering and suspension needs with our experts. Having a properly functioning SAS system has many benefits down the road and will end up saving you money as it improves gas mileage, prevents premature tire wear and keeps your car out of the shop for longer.
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