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Burnaby Suspension and Steering Repairs

The steering and suspension systems are important for both your safety and comfort when driving as they ensure a smooth ride as your car travels over bumpy roads. The two systems are usually talked about together as they are directly related to each other. However, what does each system do? When do you need to check these important systems? And, how can you tell if either system is damaged in some way?

What does the suspension system do?

Simply put, the suspension system connects the vehicle to its wheels. In doing so, it takes responsibility for two main functions:
  1. Providing a comfortable ride for the driver and passengers by smoothing out the bumps and other imperfections in the road.
  2. Keeping the wheels on the ground as much as possible to provide traction.
Without a suspension system, the car’s wheels would hit a bump and move up and down perpendicular to the road surface. This vertical energy would be transferred to the car’s frame, which would pull the wheels away from the road before gravity takes over and slams the car down. The suspension system must be finely tuned using a combination of springs and shock absorbers to reduce these effects for a comfortable and smooth ride.

What does the steering system do?

Basically, the steering system allows the driver to guide the vehicle. The steering wheel is connected, via the steering column and a series of pivoted joints, to the suspension system. This allows the wheels to move up and down as required by the road surface without changing the steering angle. This system also ensures that the wheels turn as required, for example the inner front wheel (which has a tighter curve than the outer one) is more sharply angled when cornering. Like the suspension system, the steering system also requires precise adjustment, as any looseness in the joints can make the steering dangerous.

When should you get your steering and suspension systems inspected?

It’s a good idea to schedule regular inspections of your steering and suspension systems. It is usually easier, cheaper and safer to discover and fix a problem before it snowballs, causing further consequences.

There are three times when you should get your steering and suspension systems inspected.

Firstly, at the following times:

Secondly, if you are involved in an accident where your front wheels or suspension are damaged, your entire steering and suspension systems should be checked for damage. Additionally, you should get your systems inspected if you notice any difference in your suspension or steering after any accident.

Lastly, if you notice any of the symptoms listed in the next section.

Symptoms of faulty suspension and/or steering systems In addition to any of the points mentioned above, it is recommended that you (or your mechanic) visually inspect your steering and suspension systems if you notice any of the following symptoms:

What parts of your steering and suspension systems should you inspect?

Annual or bi-annual inspections of your steering and suspension systems should include:



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