Steering and Suspension

It’s really important to have regular checks on your suspension and steering. Steering components can be knocked out of alignment by speed bumps and potholes, and poor steering puts yourself and your family at risk of accident.

The suspension’s most noticeable function is creating a smooth ride for you, but suspension also has an influence on steering and drive. The main cause of suspension problems is simply time. Most of the moving parts are made of rubber and can dry out and crack over a period of time.

At St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair in St. Catharines, our licensed technicians will do a complete check on the suspension and steering as part of our services. Our technicians can also make the repairs necessary to make sure that your car or truck will remain safe and as comfortable as possible.

The key components in your car or trucks suspension is your shocks or struts. The shocks or struts control the bounce on your car or truck. The shocks or struts serve two purposes – They make the ride more comfortable for you, but they also keep the tires firmly on the road.

Damaged shocks or struts can make your brakes less efficient, make it harder to turn and contribute to uneven tire wear. It’s important to keep an eye on these potential problems.

How to notice your steering system is out of alignment

There are two major signs of steering misalignment. One is uneven tire wear and the other is biased steering.

The biased steering can be best noticed when the vehicle is traveling in a straight line. If you’re driving straight and the steering wheel isn’t straight, or if you’re trying to drive straight and your car is trying to pull sideways, you have got a problem with your steering system. If you notice any of the issues make sure to bring your vehicle into St. Amand Auto & Truck Repair in St. Catharines and have one of our certified technicians check your vehicle over.

How to notice suspension issues

As with steering problems, a tendency to drift or pull to one side should raise a warning flag. The ride in your vehicle will be less comfortable than you are familiar with.

One of the best indications of suspension issues is a knocking noise from the front or rear of your vehicle. This is most often heard when the car is pulling off from a standstill, or while driving down bumpy roads.

If you notice any of these issues make sure to contact us today for an appointment.


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