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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

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Frank P. Jul 7, 2024

We recently took our other vehicle in for some exhaust work. Once again they fit us in right away and had the vehicle repaired the same day. I would definitely use True Auto care again ! Thanks so much

KEVIN LICHTY Jan 1, 2024

My brakes went and Ron was able to fix them the day I took my truck in. He also let me know of some issues that may need attention in the near future.

Roger White Jun 6, 2024

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Michael Davis Jun 6, 2024

I came as a walk in with car troubles and Jenna made sure to make time to diagnose and fix my car the same day! Thanks so much

Eve Jun 6, 2024

When I go for maintenance the service is always great.

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Fast service. Clear communication of costs.

Kevin Kayak May 5, 2024

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Andreas Roussos Nov 11, 2023

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Kyle C May 5, 2024

Great service and communication. Came in under budget and time

mike mackay May 5, 2024

Great job and friendly service.I rate them a ten.

Daniel Burke Nov 11, 2022

Great service and explained exactly what got done. Reminder to stop by and have tire nuts re-torqued

Jim Hoare May 5, 2024

Courteous and professional

Karen Stimson Nov 11, 2023

I received same day service and the bill was not outrageous… actually reasonable. Provided recommendations but didn’t push any at all.

Kyle Evers May 5, 2024

Great service, friendly and knowledgeable staff, quality work every time. No complaints! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a positive experience :)

Celeste Sugden May 5, 2024

Quick response and timely manner to get my vehicle fixed. I went to the office on the Monday and by Tuesday afternoon it was fixed Call them

margaret murray Apr 4, 2024

Great service

Shirley Rowan Jul 7, 2023

I was completely satisfied with the service I received with the purchase of new tires and rims.

Terry Webb Oct 10, 2023

As Usual I called Jenna at True Auto Care in Fergus She got me in the next day and actually finished the next day It was a lot of work and wouldn’t have been surprised if she said she needed it for a couple more days Somehow, they got it done, which was really important to me because I needed to travel to the states For a very important meeting These guys never fail thank you Jenna and company I would never go to anybody else!!!!

Mike Babin May 5, 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

I was able to book my tire switchover faster than expected and was pleasantly surprised when it included a check over of my SUV at no additional charge. Great quality service.

Juri Niit Oct 10, 2020

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

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

Nice staff, they did great work. I had called for a quote earlier in the week. When the work was done, they tried to make me pay almost double until I had brought up the quote they gave me. I paid the price I was quoted for. Could be an honest mistake, but almost cost me.

vinny Mar 3, 2024

Service work completed as agreed and very timely. Well done!!

Kenneth Lindsay Mar 3, 2023

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

Jack Wolowich Apr 4, 2023

Service was both excellent and very friendly. As usual!

Marjorie Rogers Nov 11, 2023

Everything was great, service work, time of appt and length of time.

Ann ironside Sep 9, 2023

First noticed how welcoming and warm the reception area is. The place is clean and well organized. Jenna was polite, professional and listened attentive to my needs. I will definitely be back to have my vehicles serviced at True Auto Care.

Wally Anthony Jan 1, 2024

True Auto yet again provided a first class service. I had a dead battery. They took it in with no appointment and had me up and running again within a few hours. Excellent, friendly customer service. The only shop in Fergus I have used for close on 20 years and will continue to do so.

David and Mary-Ann Tinsley Oct 10, 2022

Excellent service all around.. Thank you.

Robert Grimes Mar 3, 2023

Very pleasant staff. I liked that they sent a text with pictures and diagnostics and then followed up by phone. They were able to work around my schedule to do the repair and pricing was reasonable.

Joanne Lewis Jan 1, 2024

I love that the inspection outlines necessary vs recommended work. TAC is helpful and fair.

Sharon Holloway Jan 1, 2024

Local is always the best. Thank you for your kind expert care

maryg Dec 12, 2023

Completely satisfied with the work done. Quick turnaround on a large job! Service advisor Jenna was amazing with her communication! Thanks again you have gained a new customer! Jeff

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