At Auto Care Plus we listen. When your vehicle is simply “not handling right” you may describe steering problems, as a thumping noise, a grinding or groaning sound; or your vehicle might be pulling during turns or while breaking. When this occurs, we typically suggest a steering and suspension inspection. During this inspection we examine your steering system components, tires, suspension components, wheel alignment and sometimes your braking system. Our goal is to ensure that you and your passengers feel safe and can enjoy a smooth riding vehicle.
Diagnosing Steering and Suspension Concerns
Lots of stationary and moving parts work in tandem to create a smooth, responsive ride. That’s why our trained technicians will take the time to diagnose and inspect the functionality of these systems:
The Tires Including, (but not limited to), air pressure, remaining life, abnormal wear patterns, tire balance, and alignment.
Struts or Shocks Including, (but not limited to), seal leaks, lubrication, signs of stress-related wear, boot and bumper health, mounting hardware, bearing plate, etc.
Springs Including, (but not limited to), mounting brackets, signs of improper contact, spring seat alignment & orientation.
Steering Gear, (rack & pinion systems or independent steering pumps). Including, (but not limited to), fluid levels, condition of current fluid, gear health, hoses, and pump health.
The Brake System Although not directly related to suspension, the brake system can affect steering when issues occur while braking. When this is the case, we will suggest a brake inspection during looking at your suspension.
Our Technicians are extremely efficient at finding the core issue(s) that are adversely affecting your driving experience. Their recommendations will be based on a sound and thorough assessment of each system on your vehicle.