Steering and suspension faults cause poor handling and knocking noises and increases wear and stress on other associated parts.
This can lead to a shorter vehicle parts life, less driving satisfaction and additional future repair costs.
Steering and suspension systems are made up of several different components. These include steering rack, shock absorbers, coil springs, ball joints, lower arms, anti-roll bars, CV joints, track rods and track control arms . Their gradual deterioration may be difficult to detect and can have a negative effect on road handling, tyre wear and braking performance.
If you hear a droning noise when driving it is usually a sign that a wheel bearing is worn and needs replacing.
The track rod ends are adjusted to ensure the wheels are perfectly aligned “Tracking” and that tyre wear is minimised. The track rod end is a common wear item.
A CV joint or constant velocity joint is part of a drive shaft where the shaft that attaches to a cars transmission or gearbox at one end and the wheel hub at the other.
CV joints are designed to be able to bend in any direction while continuing to turn the drive wheels at a constant velocity. CV joints are mainly used in the drive shafts of front wheel drive cars.
Due to bumps and uneven surfaces on our UK roads, a cars wheels move up and down continuously while driving on the road, as a result, drive shafts cannot be made up of a solid shaft. The CV joint is used in front wheel drive cars because of its ability to maintain a constant drive force to the wheels despite the many different kinds of movements in the front end of the car. The CV joint is often found in rear wheel drive and 4×4 vehicles too. CV joints should be checked regularly and may need replacing as a car ages.
If you hear any unusual noises and are unsure whether your steering or suspension needs to be repaired. We offer Free Steering and Suspension Checks.