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Shocks Not Replaced As Often As Needed
The gradual loss in ride control over time often passes unnoticed and is considered more of a ride comfort issue than a safety issue by many motorists. Yet tests have shown that weak shocks reduce handling stability, braking distances and overall driving safety. more
Wear Will Eventually Take Its Toll On Chassis Parts
One of the first signs of worn chassis parts is usually a tire wear problem - uneven wear (such as shoulder wear or diagonal wear) or accelerated wear. more
ASE P2 TEST PRIMER: Suspension and Steering
Major components in the suspension include springs (coil, leaf, torsion bar and air springs), shock absorbers and/or struts (twin tube or monotube, low or high pressure gas charged, and some may be electronically adjustable), control arms and bushings, ball joints (which may be an integral part of some unitized control arm assemblies), and sway bar and bushings. more
Ball Joints Critical To Steering, Suspension
On some of these unitized control arm applications, it is possible to replace the joint separately even though the control arm was not designed that way. more
How much impact do worn chassis parts have on tire wear?
As a rule, tie rod ends should have no visible play. If one tie rod end is obviously bad, it's often a good idea to replace both at the same time (or all four if the vehicle has a recirculating ball steering linkage) because all have the same mileage. more
A Quick Review Of Ball Joint, Tie Rod Sales
Wear in the load-bearing ball joint is measured in thousandths of an inch vertical and horizontal play. more
Air Suspension Shocks, Struts & Air Springs
Air suspensions typically provide a smooth, luxury ride while offering the ability to maintain or even change ride height for automatic load leveling. The air suspension may also work in conjunction with electronically-controlled shocks to vary the ride and handling characteristics of the vehicle. more
Chassis Parts Take A Pounding
The main problems caused by worn chassis parts are things like road noise, steering looseness, road wander or pulling, wheel misalignment and accelerated tire wear. more
Electric Power-Assisted Steering Is Replacing Hydraulics
Electric steering uses no fluids so there are no hoses, no pump, no leaks and no maintenance. more
CV Joints Take A Pounding
CV joints are capable of lasting upward of 150,000 miles with normal driving. But, if the protective rubber or plastic boot that surrounds the joint cracks, tears or comes loose because of a broken boot clamp, the CV joint is at severe risk of failing. more
Strutting Their Stuff
A modern strut consists of the strut housing, shock absorber, coil spring, upper support bearing, dust boot and rebound bumper. more
How do you fix an air ride suspension that has gone flat?
If an air spring or air shock develops a leak (which most do after many years of service), the air spring or shock can’t hold pressure. It will leak and eventually go flat. more
Shocks Are Comfort And Safety Items
Shock absorbers can last a long time, but they don't last forever. more
Worn Chassis Parts Are A Safety Issue
Ball joints connect the control arms to the steering knuckles. The original equipment ball joints on most late-model vehicles are sealed and require no maintenance (grease), but that doesn't mean they last forever. more
Electric Power-Assisted Steering Makes Inroads
Depending on usage and mileage, a power steering pump's shaft bearings or pump mechanism can wear out. more
Shocks & Struts Don’t Sell Themselves
Most consumers don't realize that shocks and struts are wear components just like brake pads and tires. more

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