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.
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 #217 in West Caldwell, NJ, 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.
When you take your car in for steering and suspension service, expect nothing less than thoroughness through and through. The SAS system is made of hundreds of parts and components that affect each other's performance, so it is critical that your steering and suspension are exhaustively inspected and evaluated. This includes all shocks, springs and struts, the sway bar link and bushings, all bearings and ball joints, tire rod ends, alignment parts, steering cooler and fluid, and more. To find out more about what our SAS evaluation includes, schedule an appointment now at Meineke #217 in West Caldwell, NJ and we'll walk you through every step of the process.
Replacing or repairing certain parts of your steering and suspension can have an impact on other systems as well, which is why it's important to have a comprehensive view of your vehicle's repair needs. It's also important to have a one-stop shop for all those needs. Here, at Meineke #217 in West Caldwell, NJ, we offer a wide range of services, including tire alignment and tire rotation, which complement SAS system repairs. Tire alignment is a crucial step, as it adjusts the suspension of your vehicle, actually aligning the system that connects your wheels to the rest of the car. Tire rotation refers to periodically switching your tires and wheels from one position to another, as to prevent uneven wear and tear.
Having options is great, but making the right choice is what's of utmost importance. Whether it's choosing the right repair shop for you or the right repair plan for your vehicle, you need to be smart about it. Here, at Meineke #217 in West Caldwell, NJ, we are by your side every step of the process to help you choose wisely. We have expert, trusted technicians and offer a complete range of services with numerous money-saving options, which makes us a smart choice for your auto repair destination. We also conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle and, while presenting you with all options, we always make the best recommendations for a repair plan that will keep you and your car on the road for longer.
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