Engine Specialists | Servicing and Repairs | Brisbane
STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
The Torque Team. Your premium independent mechanic in Mansfield. So, why are we the best mechanics to look after your car’s steering and suspension?
GOLD STANDARD STEERING AND SUSPENSION REPAIRS: Along with brakes, steering and suspension are one of the most important safety systems in your car. Keep them well maintained and you’ll be rewarded with a comfortable ride, sharp handling and the grip and responsiveness you need to avoid a nasty situation. At The Torque Team, we thoroughly check your steering and suspension system at each and every service. And if anything needs repairing, we use only the best parts, expertly fitted by our master technicians.
ONLY PREMIUM BRANDS: KYB and Munroe shock absorbers, along with Sachs and TRW for European cars. These are the brands used by the world’s leading car makers, so this is what we fit at The Torque Team. We also fit quality Kelpro rubber or SuperPro poly suspension bushes and premium Lemförder bushes for European cars. Prefer genuine parts? Just let us know when you book and we’ll buy them in especially for your job.
WE’RE NOT JUST TALK: We back all our work with a 12 month/20,000 km warranty.
GOT A QUESTION? Speak directly to the mechanic who worked on your car. Just ask when you call or visit.
Steering and Suspension Questions and Answers
How do I know if there is a problem with my steering or suspension?
There are several symptoms which indicate your car has steering or suspension problems. Here are the common ones:
- The car is pulling to one side while driving. While this could be as simple as an under-inflated front tyre or a wheel alignment issue, it could also be a more serious problem, like a bent or defective steering component.
- There’s a shudder through the steering wheel. Again, this could simply be uneven tyre wear or a wheel balance issue (or even brakes). But it could also point to worn steering or suspension components like tie rod ends or radius arm bushes.
- Rough riding or feeling every bump in the road is a sure sign that your shock absorbers have failed. It’s simple to check, just push down on one corner of the car. It should feel firm and return to its resting position without any “bounce”. If it feels soft and bouncy, then the shock absorbers are on the way out.
- A strange bumping or clunking noise from one or more corners of the car. This could be a worn suspension bush, ball joint or other moving component.
If you have any of these symptoms in your car, bring it along to The Torque Team. For a small inspection fee, we can quickly check it out for you and give you a quote for repairs.
What are the main steering and suspension components that fail?
Modern steering and suspension systems are becoming more complex as car makers progressively try to find the balance between a comfortable ride and sharp handling. This has become even more so with the introduction of independent rear suspension and all-wheel drive systems. And while this has all certainly improved ride and handling, it has also created many more suspension failure points. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Shock absorbers. These are one of the hardest working suspension components in your car. Their purpose is not really to absorb the shock of a bump (that’s the job of the springs), but to dampen out the tendency of a spring to bounce around before it returns to its resting state. About 20 years ago, a quality shock absorber would be expected to last about 60,000 km. These days, good quality shocks, like the brands we use at The Torque Team, can easily last twice that or more.
- Suspension bushes. These are basically a rubber hinge that moves and flexes as the car turns, rolls or runs over bumps. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and a modern car can easily have 20 or more bushes across the steering and suspension system.
- Suspension joints like ball joints and tie rod ends. Unlike a bush which usually only allows movement across one plane, a joint allows movement in multiple directions. Picture a pencil stuck into a tennis ball. When you hold the ball in your hand, you can move it in all directions without releasing the ball. These joints are most commonly used at the interface between the suspension and steering systems. Whereas once they were notoriously unreliable, failure rates are now much less common.
How long should steering and suspension components last?
This is a difficult question to answer, because it’s highly dependent on how the vehicle is used. If you are mostly driving steadily on good quality sealed roads, then it’s possible that many of the steering and suspension components should last the life of the car. On the other hand, if you are regularly carrying heavy loads or driving over rough or unsealed roads, then you can expect things to wear out much faster. As a guide, a passenger car driven on sealed roads should see at least 150,000 km before any components needs replacing. On the other hand, a hard working ute carrying heavy loads on poor roads may need attention in less than half that distance.