Your vehicle’s steering and suspension play an important role in the safety of your vehicle. The steering and suspension system, together with tires, determine how your car will ride and handle. You should have both inspected at least once a year. To ensure vehicle safety and prevent expensive repairs it is highly recommended that routine wheel alignments, tire rotations, and wheel balancing be performed.
What does it do?
The suspension system connects the wheels to your vehicle's frame or body. The suspension system works with the steering system to provide vehicle control. When working properly, the suspension system smooths out road dips and pot-holes and helps maintain vehicle stability and control. The steering system transmits your input from the steering wheel to the steering components to control the vehicle’s direction.
Wheel alignment is an important part of the steering & suspension. Joe’s Garage Inc has the latest four wheel alignment technology to keep your vehicle rolling straight & true. Using lasers & wheel mounted sensors we are able to consistently perform very accurate 4 wheel alignment in Southampton NY.
Benefits of Wheel Alignment
Maximize tire life by having your wheel alignment checked and adjusted every year. With the very expensive, specialized tires required on many of today's vehicles you want to squeeze out every last mile for maximum value. Routine wheel alignment also decreases premature wear of expensive suspension parts.
Rotating & Balancing Tires
To get maximum tire life your tires should also be rotated and balanced at regular intervals.
Tire rotation is important for even tread wear and long tire life. When performed at the recommended times, tire rotation will ensure that your tires wear evenly and prolongs useful tire life. Tire rotation ensures maximum tire life by evening the different tire wear rate from front to rear axles and preventing the front tires wearing out before the rear tires. This prevents you from having to buy a complete new set before all four are evenly worn out. Tires should be rotated at regular intervals which can be conveniently done during every other regular oil change. For most vehicles this would put tire rotation at about every 5000-7500 mi.
Tire balancing should be done every 18,000 miles (every third or fourth oil change) or about once a year. Wheel balancing decreases wear of suspension parts, shock absorbers and struts. Tire balancing pays for itself in the long run. Joe's Garage Inc has a very accurate computerized tire balancer to keep your car rolling smooth and decrease expensive repairs.
Normal Wear and Tear
Steering and suspension components normally wear out over time and require replacement. How long suspension and steering components last depends on the type of vehicle, how and wear it is used, and if regular maintenance is performed. Regular inspections and maintenance are critical to maintain vehicle safety and decrease repair costs.
Factors that affect suspension wear include:
- Vehicle type;
- Driving habits;
- Road conditions;
- Operating conditions;
- Type of steering and suspension system;
- Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment.
Steering and Suspension Wear Symptoms
- Uneven tire wear;
- "Loose" steering feeling;
- Noise and vibration while cornering;
- Wandering or poor directional stability.
Common Tire Wear Causes
- Tire wear resulting from wheel alignment problem. Usually caused by suspension and steering part wear or damage caused by impact or collision. The inside or outside of tire is worn off at a very noticeable angle.
- Tire wear caused by over inflation (tire pressure too high). The middle section of tire tread is forced outward by excess pressure and wears at higher rate than outside edges.
- Tire wear caused by under inflation (low tire pressure). The most common problem we see during our Annual Vehicle Inspection service! Tire can not support weight of vehicle forcing middle section of tire tread inward causing excess wear of both outside edges of tire tread.