Suspension & Steering

Suspension & Steering REPAIR

The suspension and steering of a vehicle are both literally and figuratively two cogs of the same wheel. They both play essential roles in ensuring that your vehicle runs smoothly at all times. The issues that pertain to the suspension and steering of a vehicle must be immediately attended to, or else the risk of an accident is imminent. Here at Family Car Care, our team of ASE Certified Technicians are dedicated to ensuring that your vehicle is ready to hit the road again!

Components of a Suspension System.

Shock Absorbers.
The main reason why you are able to have a smooth drive is, as the name suggests, shock absorbers assist in mitigating any unwanted shock on the vehicle. They help in limiting any adverse movements in a car and also ensure that your car doesn’t sway from side to side when travelling on a bumpy road. Shocks usually wear out depending on the mileage of your vehicle.

Control Arms.
Also referred to as an A-Arm, it is the main link between the chassis of your vehicle and the hub, which carries the steering wheel. Modern vehicles have two primary control arms: the supporting arm and the guiding arm. The supporting arm helps your vehicle by equally distributing the weight of your vehicle to all four tires. The guiding arm is responsible for the transmission of power from the body of the vehicle to its wheels.

Struts.
Struts also help in absorbing any shocks in the vehicle. In addition to this, struts perform the task of ensuring comfortable vehicle handling in terms of steering and breaking. They also help in holding the wheels of a vehicle in alignment and providing significant overall support to the suspension system.

Ball Joints.
Ball Joints mainly comprise of a spherical head and spherical cavity and assist in the overall movement of the front two wheels of a vehicle. Its main functionality is connecting the steering arms with the steering knuckles. It helps in steering and ensures that the wheels of a car are always grounded, thus allowing the vehicle flexibility in mitigating rough and bumpy roads.

Stabilizer Links.
Stabilizer Bars connect the front two wheels of your vehicle. Stabilizer links are found on the end of these bars and are what attach the bars to the wheels. They are responsible for ensuring smooth coordination between the stabilizer bar and the wheels of a vehicle. Like most components of the suspension system, they also play an integral role in ensuring that you have full control over your car while also helping you to mitigate poor driving conditions.

What damages your Suspension System?
While the suspension systems of most vehicles are incredibly rigid, they often tend to deteriorate when exposed to potholes and off-road areas. Continually having to carry heavy loads is another reason for its wear and tear. Signs of an ineffective suspension system can include a drifting sensation when taking narrow bends as well as a significant dip in the front of your vehicle when you brake.

Why it’s important to get your Suspension System Repaired.
The suspension system is primarily used to ensure that the weight of your vehicle is well spread out among all four wheels. Shocks are an essential aspect of the suspension system, as they help to smoothen your ride by rebounding any bumps on the road. If one shock needs a replacement, it’s advisable to replace all four of them. They also help the tires of your vehicle to stay grounded at all times. If they get damaged, you will have less control over your vehicle, which will have detrimental effects. Additionally, springs and struts are responsible for holding the vehicle above its axle, and it is these components which you will have to keep an eye out for as they routinely need maintenance and repairs. Family Car Care’s service spreads to areas such as Lutherville Timonium, Towson, Perry Hall, White Marsh, Cockeysville and beyond. Our mechanics will inspect every aspect of your suspension system to make sure you have a safe journey.

Components of a Steering System.

Power Steering Pump.
Since the power steering element enables drivers to maneuver their vehicle comfortably, the functions of a power steering pump are important. It pressurizes hydraulic fluid into the steering system and is also what helps the rack and pinion to convert the force that is applied to the steering wheel onto the wheels of a vehicle. Signs of a failing power steering pump include leaks of hydraulic fluid and difficulty in steering your vehicle.

Tie Rods.
The primary function of tie rods is to connect the steering rack of your vehicle to the front two wheels. It helps in steering as it transmits all the force a driver puts on the steering wheel to the wheels of a vehicle. Thus, the importance of tie rods cannot be stressed enough, as they provide the most primary function of controlling a vehicle. Tie rods deteriorate depending on the daily routine of the vehicle.

Rack and Pinion.
A steering wheel operates by using a circular motion, and that energy transmits to the wheels which are moved using linear motion. The rack and pinion system controls the link between applying the force put on the steering wheel and converting it to a different type of motion. If your rack and pinion system is damaged, it may affect your ability to maneuver your vehicle successfully. The mechanics at Family Car Care are ASE certified and are always available to complete a full check-up on your steering system.

Why is your Steering System important?
The steering system needs no introduction. It gives you control over your vehicle, and in no circumstance can repairs to this system be put off. The main components of a steering system include the power steering pump, the rack and pinion and the tie rods. These main aspects work in cohesion to ensure a smooth ride. The power steering pump is what pumps power steering fluid under high pressure to the rack and pin on. The rack and pin on then pass the force towards the tie rods via the steering linkage, which directly connects to the tires of a vehicle and results in movement in the direction that the driver wants.

Signs that your Steering System needs repair.
Stiff steering is the first sign that your steering system needs repairs and can be caused by several factors. One of the main reasons for this stiffness is caused by insufficient lubrication in the steering linkage, which inhibits the driver’s ability to control the vehicle. Outside of the steering system, stiff steering could also be caused by low pressured tires. Our servicing extends to areas such as White Marsh, Lutherville – Timonium, Rossville, Parkville and more so do not hesitate to contact us if you need a professional and thorough check on your steering and suspension systems!

Our Suspension & Steering services include the following:

  • Front end
  • Rear end
  • Coil spring
  • Shocks
  • Bushings
  • Struts
  • CV Joints and Axles
  • Wheel bearings
  • Chassis parts
  • Power steering
  • Power steering fluid
  • Differential

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FAQs for Suspension & Steering services

Family Car Care is pleased to offer answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the suspension & steering services offered at our business in Parkville.

What is the cost of the shocks replacement?

The cost of shocks repair or replacement depends on several factors such as age and type of your car. The newer models, especially those after 2006, have complicated shocks. Cost for the set of four shocks falls between $325 to $400.

If you are driving an older car(1994-2005), its shocks are not that complicated. So, you will have to pay $40 less.

How can I check out if I need new shocks for my car?

You can easily check out by following these four steps:

  • Stand along the front of your car.
  • Press on the front bumper. If the car is bouncing back more than once, shocks are worn out.
  • Check the tires for uneven tread wear. This indicates worn out shocks.
  • Check shock absorbers for leaks. Just crawl underneath and look for the signs of leakage.
How does the suspension system work?

There are two components of the suspension system including spring and shock absorber. A road bump extracts a force on the wheel. This compresses springs to store the energy without transmitting the load on the body of your car. Shock absorbers prevent the spring from expanding and compressing continuously. The shock absorbers absorb the shock due to the bump and provide you with a comfortable ride.

How much does a suspension repair cost?

The suspension system consists of springs, ball joints, struts and shock absorbers. Cost depends on the number of parts to be repaired or replaced. The complete suspension repair costs between $1,000 to $2,200. However, you will have to pay more if you are driving a specialty vehicle or a luxury car. Other factors affecting the cost are:

  • Year of the vehicle
  • Make and model
  • The total amount of underside wear and rust

You should replace both right and left side at the same time. Keep in mind that full wheel alignment is necessary after repair or replacement. You will have to pay an additional $60 to $120 dollars.