If your front end components are worn or damaged, your vehicle may not properly track the roadway. As a result, you may feel like every bump and divot in the road is causing your car to sway out of control. Luckily, technicians can replace all of the front end components with new parts to restore drivability. They can also perform a full front end alignment to keep your wheels safely tracking straight.
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Technicians must put your vehicle on a lift to properly inspect the front end parts. During the front end inspection, your technician will mark down all of the components that are worn well past their given service limits. Since these components tend to wear down together, you may need to replace several parts to make your car drive like new once again.
Technicians must remove the old components using power and air tools that can quickly loosen stuck bolts. Technicians will install all of the front end components on your vehicle using fresh hardware. They will then use a torque wrench to tighten down the hardware to spec to keep the nuts and bolts from loosening unexpectedly. Depending on the damage or wear severity, technicians can usually perform the full part replacement process in just a few hours.
After installing all of the new suspension components, it is incredibly important to have your technician perform a front end alignment. This is because removing and replacing tie rods, ball joints, control arms or other front end components knocks all of your caster, camber and toe adjustments out of spec. Technicians will place your vehicle on an alignment rack to accurately bring these setting back into range.
If your car feels unstable or out of control, visit your local Meineke Car Care Center to have a front end diagnostic performed. Our qualified technicians always perform a full visual inspection and shakedown to spot front end suspension issues. Your technician will verify that the worn or damaged components are causing the bulk of your drivability problems before writing up an inspection report and work order.