How Steering and Suspension Systems Work

Potholes and speed bumps can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems. Did you know the force from hitting a pothole or speed bump can exceed several tonnes? 

Your vehicle’s suspension and steering systems support the following functions:
  • Supports the weight of the vehicle
  • Absorbs shocks and bumps from the road. 
  • Allows the front wheels to pivot while steering. 
  • Controls the geometry of tire and road relationship for best traction and handling under changing road conditions. 

Key Components

Key components of the suspension system include:

  • shocks and struts
  • springs
  • control arms
  • ball joints. 

Key components of the steering system include:

  • power steering pump
  • power steering gear
  • steering linkage
  • power steering hoses
  • steering column
  • steering knuckle

The suspension and steering system is critical to the safe operation of your vehicle. Abnormal noises or clunks when rolling over bumps or loose steering should be inspected immediately. Have the system checked periodically to catch potentially dangerous conditions early. 

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