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Steering & Suspension

 

Bring your car, van, SUV, truck or fleet vehicles to our service, repair and maintenance shop for Upper and Lower Ball Joint Wear: If the suspension ball joints are worn it will cause the spindle to wonder causing the steering wheel to shake. Ball joints are a normal service item and need to be inspected regularly. Inspect lower ball joints and tie rod ends for excessive wear.car and truck suspension repair and service
Ask your ASE Certified Technician  about the severity of worn Tie Rods, Ball Joints and other front-end safety.


Our Technicians will check the Idler Arm and Tie Rod Ends. The idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends are normal service items and need to be inspected at normal service intervals. To inspect the idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends, can manually be checked by turning the steering wheel slightly (jog) back and forth. If excess movement is observed from any of the steering components replacement is required.

 

 

Suspension

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It's easy to take your suspension system for granted, but normal wear and tear can affect your handling and safety. A worn suspension part starts a chain reaction that stresses other parts and causes them – and your tires – to wear prematurely. Let us help you take care of your suspension.

 

 

What are Ball Joints all about?
Ball joints are a part of your vehicle's suspension system that connect the steering knuckles to the control arms. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the same time, the wheels to steer. Cars and trucks will have multiple ball joint assemblies depending on their type of suspension system. Like any other suspension component, ball joints will eventually wear out and become loose. Excessive play in the joint can affect wheel alignment and tire wear. Loose joints can also cause suspension noise (typically a "clunking" sound when going over a bump). If a ball joint fails, the suspension can collapse, causing a loss of control of the vehicle.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Ball Joints?
Clunking noise from front tires.
Steering wheel shakes.
Car moves to the right or left, esp. going over the bumps.
Vehicle tires have abnormal wear.


What is a Tie Rod End all about?
A car’s steering wheel is connected to the steering gear that helps the steering wheel turn the wheels. The steering gear is connected to the wheels via the tie rod ends. The job of the tie rod end is to ensure the wheels are aligned. It provides the adjustment for wheel alignment that keeps the tires from wearing out on the inner and outer edges. If they wear out, the wheels will lose alignment and you may find that the tires and steering wheels are shaking when you drive the car.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Tie Rod End?
Excessive tire wear.
Car pulling to the left or right.
Steering wheel shakes.
Vehicle cannot be aligned.

 

Steering Systems

The primary function of your cars suspension and steering systems is to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it "suspended" and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.

 

Worn or loose components affect the ability to control the toe angle, and may result in a loss of directional stability and accelerated tire wear.

 

The main components of a Conventional system are:

  • 1. Steering Gear Box

  • 2. Center Link

  • 3. Pitman Arm

  • 4. Idler Arm

  • 5. Tie Rods

The main components of a Rack and Pinion steering system are:

  • 6. Rack and Pinion Assembly

  • 7. Bellows Bootscar suspension and steering

  • 8. Tie Rods

Suspension System

Worn or loose components affect the suspension systems ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:

  • 9. Control Arms

  • 10. Ball Joints

  • 11. Springs (Coil or Leaf)

  • 12. Shock Absorbers

  • 13. Struts


Suspension System Service

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Suspension systems should continue to operate effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles/kilometers, holding your tires' foot print on the road. Eventually components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Missouri highways, your vehicle shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy St. Charles roads or hauling heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, upgraded shock suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact, like hitting a pothole, a curb or a rock in the road.

Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, your vehicle manufacturer recommends periodic inspections. During a car inspection at SparksTire & Auto, your St. Charles service technician will check for worn, broken or missing suspension parts. If the inspection reveals any problems, take care of this important safety and handling work. When you replace your shocks, it's usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That'll give you even handling at all four corners of the vehicle.

If you have special road handling needs like improved cornering or towing or hauling requirements in St. Charles, your Sparks Tire & Auto service advisor can recommend an upgraded shock or strut to get you what you want.

At Sparks Tire & Auto, we have been providing quality auto repair in St. Charles for -1966 years.

 


 

 

 

 

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