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Steering & Suspension in Elmira, ON

Steering & Suspension

What is Steering & Suspension?

Every vehicle is not complete without an appropriate suspension system.  Typically, the steering system of your car or truck is everything from the steering wheel to the steering shaft, rack and pinion, better known as a gearbox, all the way to the linkage which connects to the wheels themselves.

Worn or loose components impair control of the toe angle, resulting in a loss of directional stability and accelerated tire wear.

Main components of the steering system:

  1. Steering Gear Box
  2. Centre Link
  3. Pitman Arm
  4. Idler Arm
  5. Tie Rods

Main components of a Rack and Pinion steering system are:

  1. Rack and Pinion Assembly
  2. Bellows Boots
  3. Tie Rods

Different Components of Your Vehicle Suspension

A suspension system consists of mechanical components, such as springs and dampers, that connect the wheels to the chassis. Typically, it serves two purposes: managing the vehicle’s handling and braking for safety and keeping passengers comfortable from bumps, vibrations, and other factors. It is a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers that connects the wheels and axles of a vehicle to the chassis.

Components of the Vehicle Suspension System

  • Knuckle or Upright
  • Linkages
  • Shock absorbers and springs

Types of the Suspension Systems

  • Independent suspension system
  • Dependent suspension system
  • Semi-independent suspension system

Importance of Steering & Suspension System

Your suspension system is critical to your vehicle’s proper operation, especially regarding how much control you have over Steering while driving.

The steering wheel often pulls to one side when the suspension is damaged. As a result, maintaining your lane will become more difficult as you adjust your reaction time when turning the steering wheel. This can be dangerous because your reaction times will be slower, and your lack of control may result in a collision.

A failing suspension will, at the very least, make your ride less comfortable over time. You will feel the impact more strongly every time you drive over a speed bump, hit something in your path, or drive on rougher terrain.

In summary, the suspension system regulates your steering abilities, provides a smooth ride, and protects the rest of your vehicle from damage. When this system begins to fail, your driving experience will become significantly more dangerous and costly due to the repairs that will be required.

How Do You Know if Your Suspension is Damaged?

No doubt, steering and suspension systems play a vital role in enhancing the efficiency of a vehicle. But if it gets damaged or something goes wrong, it reduces the overall power and performance of a vehicle. Here are some of the most common telltale signs that indicate your vehicle’s suspension system needs repair or replacement.

1. When driving, the car pulls to one side of the road

If you notice your car drifting on either side of the road while driving in a straight line, there could be a couple of issues. For starters, we recommend that you inspect your tires for low pressure. Next, have your wheels aligned; if this does not solve the problem, you may have a suspension issue.

Get your vehicle checked right away to avoid a bigger problem that might be too much for your wallet. However, if it is the former, your suspension, outer tie rod, or inner tie rod may be broken.

2. One corner sits lower than the others.

To determine this, your vehicle should be on level ground.  If one corner of the vehicle is lower than the other, you may have a broken spring. The damper or the entire suspension could also be faulty.

To clarify, if your car has a damaged spring, you may hear a clunking noise when driving over a bad section of the road. This could also be seen when pushing the car down from the hood of the truck, depending on which side is lower.

What is the average life of a car suspension?

A high-quality shock absorber can last for five years or more. However, the life expectancy of a shock absorber is also affected by factors such as driving style and mileage.

Schedule Your Visit to True Auto Care for Steering & Suspension Services in Elmira, ON

If you want to keep your steering and suspension system hassle-free, simply bring your vehicle to True Auto Care in Elmira, ON. We take complete care of your vehicle and ensure your vehicle is functioning properly. For more information, call us at 519-843-1240.

Our Customer Reviews

True Auto Care looked after my service truck in quick fashion when it was down and I needed back quickly, great timely service. Thanks!

Jim Spencer Jun 6, 2023

The staff is very knowledgeable and understands my needs. When working on the car they informed me of other issues that needed to be done and gave me an estimate of the additional cost before proceeding with the work. I am satisfied with their work. Bob Skeoch

Bob Skeoch May 5, 2023

Heat shield on muffler system was loose. They fixed it in no time and I was charged for the labour. Great service!

Roger Campbell May 5, 2023

Terrific & friendly service as always. Clear communication regarding work to be done & costs. Flexible with scheduling is appreciated!

Christina H May 5, 2023

Great! Very good front of house customer care! Organized and did very well by me! Fixed up my Subaru and noticed some things that were an oversight at Subaru Dealership! Thank you True Auto Mechanics and I appreciate the work. Recommended As well they have night time drop off! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kevin Grice May 5, 2023

I am very thankful for the mechanic's honesty. I can now say I have a safe vehicle again! Thank you so much.

Kristin Simoes May 5, 2023

Great staff and great service. Highly recommend them to anyone who asks!!

Correct Fire & Security Mar 3, 2023

Always helpful, pleasant and fair!! 😊

Vanessa Espinoza May 5, 2023

I would like to thank the people at true care auto for fixing our car. I recommend you take your car there. Great service!

chase woods Apr 4, 2023

Very good experience. A bit expensive for removal of winter tires already on rims... but, the service staff were very helpful.

Tollett Family Apr 4, 2023

Service here is a team effort with excellent results.Jack.

Jack Wolowich Apr 4, 2023

fast and friendly service with everything explained before and after job was done...

RUSS STOKES Apr 4, 2023

Awesome as always 👏

Steven Haney Apr 4, 2023

I had an engine light on for an evap code. The team at True auto was able to find a low voltage error in record time and fix the connection. A big thanks !! Bob

bob vanleeuwen Apr 4, 2023

Yesterday I went in to get an oil change and switch out my snow tires at True Auto Care. I have been going there since I moved to Fergus 4 years ago, and there customer service and quality of work has always been exemplary (a nice change after having lived in the GTA). They're also very accommodating around scheduling when last minute changes need to be made.

Judy Manley Apr 4, 2023

Every interaction I have had with True Auto Care has been excellent. They have great attention to detail and I love that they send pictures with reports. They are my go to car place whenever I can!

Charles Wright Jan 1, 2021

I had my CRV in for the tire changeover and balancing. All was done in the time promised. The multi-point inspection was also done, a very thorough and detailed report.

Walter Malofy Feb 2, 2023

awesome service. . have come many years for car service will keep comin back.

joanne gardner Apr 4, 2023

Ron and Jen always smiling and happy to see me.

Dennis Hons Apr 4, 2023

Great service again......They were able to accommodate my oil change at very short notice around our work schedule which caused us no inconvenience at all.

Bobby Fishman Mar 3, 2023

Quick , efficient, and professional.

Scott Montgomery Mar 3, 2023

I get all my service done here. They are fairly priced and do not pressure sales or service.

Derek Wyatt Mar 3, 2023

Greatly appreciated being kept informed of repairs needed and cost, as discovered. Staff and services are top notch.

Bonnie Fonte Mar 3, 2023

Great company with excellent staff!

Kelly Linton Feb 2, 2023

A+++ Service

Jacki Gansekoele Feb 2, 2023

Very friendly, helpful and informative service from Jenna. Fast, efficient completion of significant work on same day.

Garth Hunt Feb 2, 2023

Good and timely service! I was called about a worn serpentine belt, given the price and asked if I wanted True Auto to repair. I did, and they charged what was quoted. I recommend True Auto! 👍

Jack Moesker Mar 3, 2016

My Acura broke down near Fergus the other day- I was able to limp it into the shop. They took care of it the next day (surprisingly quick!) which made me even happier! Even more appreciated was the texting feature- they gave me the breakdown on my car and the other issues it may be having. Very timely and efficient in my opinion. There was no nonsense, no up-selling, and no pressure tactics- part of why I am so impressed. Can’t say that for every shop out there. Facility is also very clean and up to date. I have happily referred my sister and brother in law (who live in Fergus) to this auto centre.

Jamie Martinello Jan 1, 2023

I called this morning to get a crack in my windshield repaired, new tires, and also brighter head lights installed. It was all completed the same day. They were professional from start to finish. I will be taking my truck in the future to True Auto Care.

Eric Perreault Jan 1, 2023

Great people, great place.

Leo Gainouline Jan 1, 2023

Always amazing service, I have been coming here since moving to Fergus in 2016, and will continue to do so! Kyle was so helpful.

Victoria Heppolette Nov 11, 2022

Friendly and informative staff. The technician told me that my vehicle didn't need the service that I called about. They could have taken advantage but instead, they were honest and forthright. I would recommend them without hesitation.

Jacquie D'Abbenigno Nov 11, 2022

Thanks Jenna and team for providing a quick and efficient service and tyre change while doing a full inspection to decide on any possible future maintenance. Great work!

Patrick Cushion Oct 10, 2022

Back in 2007 I purchased a brand new Mini Cooper convertible. During the warranty period I dealt with the Mini dealership. In August 2012 there was a noise from under the car. Turned out to be a muffler. This was my first interaction with True Auto Care. The muffler came with a lifetime warranty. Fast forward to August 2022 when a new noise appeared from under the car. After removing a couple rotten pipe sections and replacing with new sleeves the exhaust problem was solved. That was a span of 10 years. Over that time I have trusted my Mini to no one else but True Auto Care for all its necessary service. In a week my wife and I will be moving from Elora, where we've lived for the last 40 years, to Kitchener (we jokingly call it East Berlin.) The move in no means means that we will be searching for a new company to service our vehicles; no, we will continue to trust True Auto Care and will return to them for any service required, even if we have to have the vehicle's towed to Fergus. BTW, that muffler on the Mini is still doing its job. . — Brian Cameron

Brian Cameron Sep 9, 2022


Debra Pol Aug 8, 2022

Good services and customer service experience

Charlene Almeida Aug 8, 2022

True Auto Care has been my vehicle repair service provider for more than a decade. They have earned my trust with ever repair, big or small, and they treat me with respect every time. I value their work and I feel confident in their advice and in their repair services. This is what a family business is all about.

Kelly Waterhouse Oct 10, 2020

Always a fantastic service here, can highly recommend. Very professional and friendly.

Roslyn Bucknall Jul 7, 2022

Very good work and happy

Emilien J Bois Jul 7, 2022
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