Watch Your Steering and Suspension

Your vehicle’s steering and suspension system serves many important functions.  It photos.demandstudios.comgettyarticle17117594146372cushions you from bumps and uneven street surfaces. It prevents important underside components from making contact with the road.  And, last by not least, it allows you to direct your car or truck where you want it to go.

To accomplish these things, it makes use of a number of different parts.  Most modern cars feature a rack and pinion steering system.  When the wheel is turned it rotates a pinion gear that makes contact with the steering rack, making it go left or right.  This motion is transferred through tie rods to the spindles, which turn the wheels in the direction you want to go (trucks and SUVs often have a somewhat more complicated setup known as recirculating-ball steering).

In a power-assisted rack and pinion system, a cylinder attached to the rack contains hydraulic fluid that puts pressure on one side of it or the other.  This makes the vehicle easier to steer.  Meanwhile, the vehicle’s frame, struts, and tires support it and make for an even, comfortable driving experience.

All of these components are designed to work well together for years. Over time they can start to break down, however, causing a variety of problems that can compromise your ride quality and even your safety.  Let’s take a look at some of the more common warning signs of steering and suspension issues.

Symptoms of Common Steering and Suspension System Issues

Vehicle pulls to one side while driving – tires with different levels of tread wear or inflation can cause this.  It may also indicate that you need an alignment, or that your steering and suspension components have become worn and need replacing.
Continued bouncing after hitting a bump or a pothole – your vehicle will go up or down when you hit a high or low spot in the road, but it should immediately return to smooth driving.  If it doesn’t, the most likely cause is worn shocks or struts, or in some cases a damaged leaf spring.

Steering seems to slip as you hold the wheel in a turned position – low steering fluid, a loose steering pump belt, or worn or damaged steering rack components can cause this.

Steering wheel takes a great deal of effort to turn – this can be caused by a power steering pump going bad, a leaking steering rack, or low power steering fluid.

Steering wheel bounces up and down while traveling at highway speeds or when braking – this can be caused by a number of different things.  Your wheels may be out of balance.  Your tires could be unevenly worn or incorrectly inflated.  You could even have loose wheel bolts or problems with your brake rotors.

Steering wheel “wander” – if you notice your vehicle swaying from one side to the other when you turn the wheel, you might have bad strut bearings or tie rods.  Broken steering rack mounts or worn ball joints also cause this problem.
Knocking or clunking when hitting bumps or cracks in the road – this may be a sign that your shocks or struts need to be replaced.  It can also indicate bad ball joints or strut bearings.

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Know Your Vehicle

Most people do not really care about how their vehicles work. However, it is very Drivingimportant that car owners understand at least the basic functioning and the basic maintenance of their vehicles. One of important areas that demands your attention is the transmission fluid replacement. This is one of the areas that gets the least attention from the vehicle owners. People have various notions about the transmission fluid and new drivers in particular have various questions and doubts about their vehicle’s transmission fluid. To save themselves from the hassles of learning about the function of transmission fluid and about the transmission fluid maintenance, most drivers shift this burden to their transmission repair shop. While there is nothing wrong in having your transmission fluid maintenance needs handled by your transmission repair shop, having some basic understanding about these things will certainly prove to be handy. You will at least know then when to take your vehicle to your transmission repair shop to get the transmission fluid replaced or checked.

One of the most common questions that people have regarding their vehicle’s transmission fluid is, “How often should I change my transmission fluid?” You will find the answer to this question in your vehicle’s manual. It is best to stick to what your vehicle’s manual says regarding the frequency of transmission fluid replacement. The next question that you are likely to have is, “What will happen if you fail to replace the transmission fluid as per the indicated mileage chart?” You will not notice anything immediately but if you ignore it for too long then it will start damaging the vehicle. Your vehicle will simply lockup after a certain limit then you will have to go for complete repair and servicing, which will result in a huge bill. Though complete vehicle lockup happens in extreme cases, it will start reducing the vehicle’s performance. The wear and tear of your vehicle’s engine will increase to an undue level leading to further major repairs. Additional issues that you can notice include reduced mileage and noisy engine. Do not push your vehicle to the extremes. Get better mileage by having your transmission fluid checked regularly and replaced correctly. It does not matter even if you do not know how to handle this task. All that you are required to do is to set regular reminders in your mobile phone or on your computer to check the transmission fluid regularly. This will save you from unnecessary problems and expensive repairs. At times, you may not have to replace the transmission fluid but it may just require a top up. How frequently you may have to top up will of course depend on how extensively you use your vehicle. Most people have ended up with huge bills just because they have been pushing their vehicle too far. It is best to establish long-term relationship with a Eagle Transmission Repair so that you can make sure that your transmission fluid is replaced regularly at the right frequency. We offer Transmission fluid Services starting at $89.99

When It Comes To Transmissions, ‘Rebuilt’ Is a Term You Should Know

Being that it applies to transmission repair, the term “rebuilt” is term you should become familiar with. Despite the fact that the average transmission has over 300 parts, replacing only a few internal parts can label a transmission as “rebuilt”. In the state of Texas, the terms “rebuilt”, “overhauled” or “reconditioned” may be used if the number of parts replaced is equal to two or more. Be sure to ask if the parts are new, reconditioned or used and what exactly is being replaced for the quoted price.

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More Ways To Save Money On Gas

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First of all, check your gas cap! Believe it or not, it’s been estimated that nearly 17% of cars on the road have broken or missing gas caps. What’s the big deal? Escaping fumes not only hurt fuel economy but release smog-causing compounds into the air.

While you’re at it, slow down. For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7%. Avoiding jack-rabbit starts and stops will improve fuel economy as well. Don’t believe it? Lousy driving on the highway can add as much as one-third to your gas bill.

Nighttime Driving Worries: Do You Want to See Better At Night?

Are you someone, or do you know someone who doesn’t enjoy driving once the sun has sylvaniainfographic-768x573gone down? You’re not alone. A recent survey from SYLVANIA Automotive found that 62 percent of motorists avoid driving during evening hours. However, for many drivers avoidance is simply not realistic – you still need to get home from work, your children still need to get to and from after-school activities, and plans must go on. So, what to do? In order to increase visibility on the road and make you more comfortable when driving at night, it is essential that high-performance headlights are installed on your vehicle.

The same survey found that while 28 percent of drivers have difficulty seeing hazards and other drivers on the road at night, 34 percent of drivers have never changed out their headlights.

When asked the question:  “Do you want to see better when driving at night?” – The answer should always be yes.  This is a no brainer – we all want to see better when given the option. Improving a vehicle’s headlights can affect the lives of drivers and their overall experience on the road. Better headlights can help improve down road visibility and increase chances of seeing objects sooner in the event of an accident or hazardous road conditions. This is a simple maintenance check that drivers of all ages should prioritize when it comes to overall road safety.

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