Suspension and Steering
Bring your car, van, SUV, truck or fleet vehicles to our Service Center for Upper and Lower Ball Joint Wear: If the suspension ball joints are worn it will cause the spindle to wonder causing the steering wheel to shake. Ball joints are a normal service item and need to be inspected regularly. Inspect lower ball joints and tie rod ends for excessive wear.
Ask your ASE Certified Technician about the severity of worn Tie Rods, Ball Joints and other front-end safety.
Our Technicians will check the Idler Arm and Tie Rod Ends. The idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends are normal service items and need to be inspected at normal service intervals. To inspect the idler arm, pitman arm and tie rod ends, can manually be checked by turning the steering wheel slightly (jog) back and forth. If excess movement is observed from any of the steering components replacement is required.
What are Ball Joints all about?
Ball joints are a part of your vehicle’s suspension system that connect the steering knuckles to the control arms. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the same time, the wheels to steer. Cars and trucks will have multiple ball joint assemblies depending on their type of suspension system. Like any other suspension component, ball joints will eventually wear out and become loose. Excessive play in the joint can affect wheel alignment and tire wear. Loose joints can also cause suspension noise (typically a “clunking” sound when going over a bump). If a ball joint fails, the suspension can collapse, causing a loss of control of the vehicle.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Ball Joints?
● Clunking noise from front tires.
● Steering wheel shakes.
● Car moves to the right or left, esp. going over the bumps.
● Vehicle tires have abnormal wear.
What is a Tie Rod End all about?
A car’s steering wheel is connected to the steering gear that helps the steering wheel turn the wheels. The steering gear is connected to the wheels via the tie rod ends. The job of the tie rod end is to ensure the wheels are aligned. It provides the adjustment for wheel alignment that keeps the tires from wearing out on the inner and outer edges. If they wear out, the wheels will lose alignment and you may find that the tires and steering wheels are shaking when you drive the car.