Your suspension system helps you stay in control when you're on the road. Audioman Firestone can help ensure your safety by keeping your suspension system up to every twist and turn the road may bring.
Common Steering & Suspension Repairs
Proper steering function is reliant on the quality and performance of your suspension components. Inspections, routine maintenance and front end alignment services will keep your ride smooth and help your vehicle operate in top condition.
Steering Service & Maintenance
Turning the steering wheel of your car seems simple, but a lot happens between your steering wheel and your car’s tires. This complex system relies on a number of processes in order to function properly. Nearly all vehicles today come with power steering, but if this system fails, it quickly becomes a safety issue. Typical steering and suspension services include wheel alignments, shock and strut repair and front and/or rear suspension repair.
Shocks and Struts Warning Signs
Fluid leaking out of the shock or strut body
Shock or strut bodies are dented or damaged
Mounts or bushings are broken or worn
Cupped, uneven tire wear
Vehicle sways or leans on turns
Vehicle "nose dives" when you apply the brakes
Excessive bouncing after hitting a road bump
Harsh, bumpy or shaky ride
Steering is stiff or makes noise
Stabilizer Bar Service & Maintenance
Also known as a sway bar, the stabilizer bar is an important component responsible for keeping your car from rolling over while turning. Whereas the shock absorber keeps the ride smooth, the stabilizer bar keeps the car upright when it is turning by spreading weight equally over the tires.
The steering and suspension system is very intricate, so it’s important to have work done by a trusted technician. It contributes to the overall quality of your ride, but it is also integral to your vehicle’s safety. Keep up with regular maintenance and inspections, and make sure to address any problems right away.
Shocks and Struts
Your vehicle’s suspension system serves two primary purposes – managing road holding and handling and thereby the safety of your vehicle as it maneuvers on the road and maximizing driver and passenger comfort while minimizing bumps, vibrations and noise. Shocks and struts are integral components of the suspension system and their wear has a very real impact on the safety of your vehicle. Worn shocks and struts can affect how your wheels touch the road, causing dangerous swaying, hydroplaning, deteriorated performance and compromised road handling and holding.
Power Steering Flush
Power-steering fluid is the hydraulic fluid that transmits the power in power steering. Servicing it involves draining or flushing out your car's old power-steering fluid and then adding fresh power steering fluid.
Power Steering fluid is the cheapest component of your power-steering system. Changing it can help to prolong the life of other, more expensive power-steering components such as the power-steering pump and the stratospherically expensive power-steering rack.
Over time, the seals, O-rings and internal power-steering components will wear out. When they break apart, they contaminate the power-steering fluid, which forces the power-steering pump to work harder (having to pump little chunks instead of just fluid) and eventually break down.