Steering and Suspension

What Are Common Suspension Problems?

By Rick Popely on Fri May 19 09:41:42 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — Suspension components, including springs, shock absorbers (or struts on some vehicles), anti-roll bars, control arms and other parts, are like combat troops serving on the frontlines: They take a pounding daily from potholed streets, railroad tracks, rain, snow,… Read More

What Are Common Suspension Problems?

By Rick Popely on Fri May 19 09:41:42 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Suspension components, including springs, shock absorbers (or struts on some vehicles), anti-roll bars, control arms and other parts, are like combat troops serving on the frontlines: They take a pounding daily from potholed streets, railroad tracks, rain, snow,… Read More

What Difference Does Wheel Size Make?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 08:58:30 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — Larger wheels give cars a more aggressive stance and greater stage presence, which is why automakers install king-size rims on concept cars. They look cool. Whether you move to a larger-diameter wheel as an option on a new… Read More

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 16 05:00:55 GMT-06:00 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. We've heard many… Read More

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Turn the Steering Wheel?

By Tim Healey on Fri Apr 15 05:30:48 GMT-06:00 2016

If your car is making a squealing or squeaking sound when you turn the steering wheel, there could be any of several culprits at play. One common cause is low power-steering fluid. When the fluid that powers and lubricates conventional… Read More

How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?

By Rick Popely on Sun Feb 07 15:00:34 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The answer to that question hinges on several variables, including how many miles a vehicle is driven, on what kinds of roads it's driven, and whether it's driven gently or with abandon. Those variables make it virtually impossible… Read More

When Is It Time to Replace Ball Joints?

By Rick Popely on Sun Feb 07 06:00:17 GMT-06:00 2016

Worn ball joints allow too much movement in the suspension, so the driver may feel more vibrations -- or hear squeaks or rattles on bumpy surfaces or when turning -- caused by looseness in the suspension. Other signs of worn… Read More

Do Struts Need to Be Replaced?

By Rick Popely on Sun Feb 07 01:06:00 GMT-06:00 2016

By Rick Popely, Cars.com Struts don't need to be replaced unless your vehicle is bouncing like it's on a pogo stick or bottoms out in potholes and over railroad tracks, or unless a mechanic finds that they're leaking fluid or… Read More

How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

By Rick Popely on Sun Jan 24 09:22:35 GMT-06:00 2016

Maybe forever, if you rely on an overly liberal interpretation of the maintenance schedules set by some vehicle manufacturers. That doesn't mean you should ignore them or even accept the manufacturer's recommendations, though; instead, add them to your list of… Read More

Why Do I Need to Change My Struts or Shock Absorbers?

By Rick Popely on Thu Dec 31 18:13:17 GMT-06:00 2015

Shock absorbers and struts (used on vehicles with strut-type suspensions) often last the life of a vehicle. The clearest indication that you need new shock absorbers or struts is that your car keeps bouncing after going over a bump or… Read More

How Often Should I Replace My Struts or Shock Absorbers?

By Rick Popely on Thu Dec 31 17:39:18 GMT-06:00 2015

Companies that make shock absorbers used to recommend they be replaced every 50,000 miles, but in most cases that’s unnecessary. Shocks and struts (which are mounted inside coil springs on cars with strut-type suspensions) often last the life of a… Read More