Suspension, Steering & Alignment
Your vehicle suspension ensures a comfortable ride, quality handling and a safe drive. Regular inspections for hydraulic and damaged parts, strut issues, coil springs and leaf springs; under your manufacturer’s recommendations is key to maintain a warranty. Heavy loads in a trailer, or extended driving without suspension, lubrication, even poor road conditions can cause excess wear on your suspension including shocks springs and alignment. We’re equipped with a new alignment machine and every tool required to service all chassis, suspension and alignment issues.
- Worn Shocks or Struts
In most vehicles, the struts will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If you notice excessive bouncing when going over bumps, or the vehicle nosedives when braking, it may be time to replace the shocks or struts.
- Uneven Tire Wear
A failing suspension system can lead to uneven tire wear as the system holds the wheels uneven on the road causing cupping, feathering or excess wear.
- Bad Spring Coils
Coil spring can break and cause the vehicle to squeak and lose its drivability. If the vehicle is not driving smoothly or leaning heavily to one side, come see us.
Steering & Alignment:
- Bad Tie Rods
Eventually, tie rods (the component that connects the steering linkage to the wheels of a vehicle) will wear out. As they do the vehicle’s steering will become loose and wear the tires faster. Listen for noise while turning and/or a loose steering wheel.
- Loose Lug Nuts
Easy problem to fix. A loose lug nut will cause the steering wheel to shake.
- Unbalanced Wheels
Causes the steering wheel to vibrate at certain speeds; at higher speeds, this can become dangerous.
- Steering Gear
The steering wheel responding poorly or it is hard to steer; this can indicate a problem with the steering gear, such as a leak or a worn gear.
- Power Steering Pump Malfunction
A whine-like sound can be caused by fluid leaking, due to damaged seals on the power steering pump, or a leak in one of the power steering system.
Any of these issues should be addressed immediately.
Book an appointment with Macleod Auto & Truck Repair.
Notice visible leaks on the garage floor? Noisy, vibrations or a rough ride?
All three of these systems are vital to the safety of the vehicle. While some issues with these systems will be more of an inconvenience than a safety issue, other problems can lead to dangerous driving conditions and the problem should be addressed as soon as possible.