Car steering and suspension components

 

Car maintenance is not cheap and can also be time-consuming.  Reason for which car owners tend to ignore and procrastinate when they hear little creaks and wobbles in their car.  At times, they even get accustomed to the noise and motion and learn to live with it.  Very few problems related to your car should be ignored.  What starts out as a minor issue, if ignored, could develop into a very expensive issue.  Worst yet, the problem can be a potentially life-threatening issue for the driver and also for other motorists.  To keep your car in “tip-top” shape, every minor steering noise or wobble should be looked into immediately by a qualified automobile expert or mechanic!

The front of your car has some very important mechanical components that keep you safe.  All these components must work properly to ensure that the weight and power of the car is distributed well when the car is traveling in a straight line and when it turns.  This article will summarize the five most common car steering issues and their causes. 

Shaky Steering: If you find that each time you apply the brakes the steering wheel starts to shake under your grip, it may require immediate attention.  This is a symptom of an underlying front brake disc issue. When it warps it could require replacement. Left unattended it causes the front suspension, tires as well as other parts of the body of the car to experience added pressure. More wear and tear to these parts can snowball into other issues. Even worse, you may find that your brakes fail on you when you’re driving. At higher speeds this could be extremely dangerous for you as well as other motorists, so it is best to be responsible and have the shaky steering looked into by a mechanic or your local auto repair shop.

Wobbly (shimmy) Steering: Car steering wheels tend to wobble excessively or shimmy at relatively average/medium speeds when the tires are not balanced properly. Tire balancing is a quick job that can help address this problem that typically crops up due to a lot of damage or uneven wear to the tire. If the wear is really extreme, you may be advised to get a new tire instead. Tie-rod ends sometimes wear down and result in a similar driving experience unless replaced.  If this problem is ignored, it is likely to worsen as front-end parts of the car starts to bear the brunt of the worn parts.  Get this problem checked out as soon as possible.

Tight Steering: If you find that turning your steering wheel isn’t as easy as it used to be and you experience resistance or find it really tight, this might mean that the power steering pump has a problem, the steering rack is developing a leak or your power steering fluid is low.  For the latter, simply open your hood or bonnet, locate your fluid canister, and check on the fluid level.  If they fluid level is between the minimum and maximum levels, they take your car to the mechanic for further diagnosis.    

Slips in Steering: If you are unable to retain control of your steering and it feels almost like it slips when its in a turned position, then it could be one of many things. It is possible that the steering pump belt is loose, the steering rack parts are damaged, or the car’s steering fluid is running out. All of these have big repercussions, so get this investigated soon by a qualified mechanic. 

Awful steering sounds:  There are all kinds of noises that can emanate from the front end of your car, and each indicates a different problem:

1)      Whine:  a “whining” noise could indicate a power steering issue.  As mentioned above, this could simply be adding power steering fluid, but could also be a bigger problem.  Have it inspected and fixed as necessary.

2)      Click:  a “clicking” sound, particularly when you turn the car, indicates a cv joint issue.  Have your cv joints inspected, replaced or fixed as soon as possible.

3)      Grind or squeaking:  a “grinding” or “squeaking” sound could indicate that the brake pads are worn.  Some newer cars have an indicator in the front gauge.  Have this checked out soon

4)      Clunk:  if you’re experiencing a "clunk" sound while driving or when you hit a pothole, this indicates that your suspension or shocks are going bad.  It will gradually get worse and dangerous to the point where the vehicle may be difficult to control.

Authentic Spare Parts stocks quality front end components for your vehicle.  We have an entire section dedicated to Brakes Suspension and Steering.  If you cannot find what you’re looking for, call our friendly customer service number for assistance.