As spring approaches, focus your attention to the components that keep you and your family safe. It’s likely that winter elements caused wear and tear to these important parts that make the wheels go around. Ask an expert at your favorite repair facility to ensure they are in good working order.
Shocks and Struts
If you find yourself bouncing around in the seat while driving on bumpy roads, your shocks or struts require immediate attention. There are multiple types of these suspension components, but popular systems use hydraulics, or air. Typically, cars and light-duty trucks will include struts as they also help support the frame. Larger vehicles like heavy-duty trucks or SUVs usually use shocks on all four corners. Most professional facilities recommend changing these parts every 30,000 miles, but the interval can be sooner when traveling on difficult roadways.
Have you noticed noise from the wheel while traveling or find it difficult to make turns? A vehicle’s wheel is operated with the help of a bearing. When they begin to lose effectiveness, you may hear grinding noises at different speeds or even notice your vehicle wobbling.
A worn-out bearing can also cause your tires to wear unevenly, creating the risk of dangerous situations. Don’t hesitate at the first sign of trouble. You should notify a qualified mechanic to diagnose and correct the problem.
Tie Rods and Ball Joints
This duo is at the heart of the steering and suspension system. Multiple tie-rod ends complete a vehicle’s steering linkage after connecting to a rack-and-pinion or gearbox. When you notice clunky steering or popping noises while turning, a main culprit is the tie-rod system. Upper and lower ball joints connect to an arm which attaches to the steering knuckle. They allow a vehicle’s suspension to travel up and down and impact its ability to turn.
The key to keeping this system efficient is asking your mechanic to grease these components during routine maintenance. If you plan to DIY a repair, make sure to use premium parts that include a grease fitting. Some cheaper options won’t include this tool to improve the part’s lifespan.