Steering And Suspension

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What Are Common Suspension Problems?

What Are Common Suspension Problems?

By Rick Popely on May 19, 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 front... Read More
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What Difference Does Wheel Size Make?

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. Whether you move... Read More
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If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

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

By Rick Popely on May 16, 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. ... Read More
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Why Does My Car Squeal When I Turn the Steering Wheel?

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

By on April 15, 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 ... Read More
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How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Should Shock Absorbers Last?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 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... Read More
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When Is It Time to Replace Ball Joints?

When Is It Time to Replace Ball Joints?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 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 s... Read More
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Do Struts Need to Be Replaced?

Do Struts Need to Be Replaced?

By Rick Popely on February 7, 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 fi... Read More
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How Long Will My Belts and Hoses Last?

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

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
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How Often Should I Replace My Struts or Shock Absorbers?

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
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