Steering And Suspension

What Are Common Suspension Problems?

By Rick Popely on May 19, 2017

A car suspension system is designed to maximize friction between the road surface and the vehicle's tire, enhance passenger comfort and provide steering stability. Car suspensions have evolv... Read More
What Difference Does Wheel Size Make?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 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. Related: More Se... Read More
If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on May 16, 2016

CARS.COM — If you're not a regular driver of your car, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the mechanics of the thing. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not necessarily: We recomm... Read More
Why Does My Car Squeal When I Turn the Steering Wheel?

By Tim Healey on April 15, 2016

CARS.COM — So you've just gotten comfortable behind the wheel, put your belt on, lifted off the brakes and you're ready to head out when you notice your steering causes an ala... Read More
How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 2016

CARS.COM — The answer to the question question of when to replace shock absorbers and struts hinges on several variables, including how many miles a vehicle is driven, on what kinds of roa... Read More
When Is It Time to Replace Ball Joints?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 2016

CARS.COM — 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 —&n... Read More
Do Struts Need to Be Replaced?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 2016

CARS.COM — Your car's struts are a vital part of its suspension system. They are structural in nature, and they are mounted to the top of the car's chassis. Struts come down t... Read More
How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

By Rick Popely on January 24, 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 man... Read More
Why Do I Need to Change My Struts or Shock Absorbers?

By Rick Popely on January 1, 2016

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 k... Read More
How Often Should I Replace My Struts or Shock Absorbers?

By Rick Popely on December 31, 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... Read More