Most vulnerable key components – Steering and Suspension

Steering components are vital for controlling your car and ensuring passenger safety. They can get damaged by rough roads, hitting curbs, or simply wearing out over time. In this blog we will look at the most vulnerable key components of the carโ€™s steering and suspension system.

Tie Rods: Key for Accurate Steering
Tie rods keep your front tires aligned with the steering wheel and help turn the wheels when you steer. Signs of worn or damaged tie rods include clunking noises when you turn, loose steering, uneven tire wear, and the car pulling to one side.

Even if these issues seem minor, they can reduce your carโ€™s braking power. If a tie rod breaks completely, you could lose control of the steering. At the first sign of trouble, itโ€™s crucial to replace worn tie rods right away to keep your car safe.

Stabilizer Links: Stability in Turns
Stabilizer links connect the stabilizer bar (also known as sway bar or anti-roll bar) to the suspension, helping keep your car stable and reducing leaning during turns. Worn stabilizer links can cause knocking noises on bumpy roads and make the stabilizer bar feel loose.

If a stabilizer link breaks, your car might lean excessively in turns, making it less stable. While you can still drive with broken stabilizer link, your car wonโ€™t handle well. Itโ€™s best to replace them as soon as possible to ensure safe driving.

Bushings: Cushion and Control
Bushings act as cushions between parts, reducing road noise, vibration, and harshness. Signs of worn bushings include clunking or scraping noises, uneven tire wear, and poor handling and braking response.

If bushings fail completely, parts can rub metal-to-metal, causing damage. While slightly worn bushings might not make your car undrivable, itโ€™s important to replace them early to avoid expensive repairs. If you hear metal scraping, the bushings need to be replaced immediately.

Ball Joints: Smooth Steering
Ball joints allow the wheels and suspension to move smoothly, helping with steering and ensuring a comfortable ride. Worn ball joints can cause clunking noises, excessive steering vibration, the car drifting to one side, and uneven tire wear.

If a ball joint breaks, you could lose control of the steering, and the wheel could damage other parts of the car. Cars with signs of worn ball joints should be checked right away, and any bad joints should be replaced to prevent serious accidents.

Control Arms: Linking and Stabilizing
Control arms connect the suspension to the carโ€™s frame, allowing the wheels to move up and down while preventing forward and backward movement. Signs of bad control arms include knocking or clunking sounds and the car veering to one side when driving over bumps or during hard acceleration.

If a control arm breaks, you could lose control of the car. Itโ€™s crucial to have damaged control arms inspected and replaced immediately to keep your car safe.