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Steering & Suspension in Guelph, 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 Guelph, ON

If you want to keep your steering and suspension system hassle-free, simply bring your vehicle to True Auto Care in Guelph, 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

Service was both excellent and very friendly. As usual!

Marjorie Rogers Nov 11, 2023

When I go for maintenance the service is always great.

wayne campbell Jun 6, 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

our experience at True Auto Care was excellent. They got our vehicle in right away and fixed it the same day. I would recommend them to anyone and definitely use them again !

KEVIN LICHTY 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

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

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

Jeff P Dec 12, 2023

Quick, friendly and reasonably priced!

Nora Crete Dec 12, 2023

Excellent service efficient and timely

Jim Bailey Jul 7, 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 very impressed with how knowledgeable the Service Manager and Service Advisor were at the Front Desk! Makes for a GREAT experience!

idd Nov 11, 2023

Courteous and professional

Karen Stimson Nov 11, 2023

Very Profesional, Polite, Friendly, and Reasonably Priced Good Old Fashion Service. The Best of the Best!! Happy to know True Auto Care!

Andreas Roussos Nov 11, 2023

Great service and very helpful.

Moe Jacobs Nov 11, 2023

Was driving and got a chip from a rock hitting the windshield. They got me in and out within 15 minutes of walking in. Was super friendly and helpful, taking me on the spot and ensuring that my chip wouldn't spread worse. They spoke me through the options I had also instead of insisting on one type of repair. It's barely even noticeable and the majority of the damage has faded from their work. (note these photos are "up close" shots, from further back you hardly see anything! 98% better then it was!)

Krystal Sponagle Nov 11, 2023

Friendly, timely service. Highly recommended

Maureen Farquharson Nov 11, 2023

You are the best and I appreciate that I can trust you.

Rachel Nov 11, 2023

Excellent troubleshooting and workmanship, as usual.

Steven Haney Apr 4, 2023

As always friendly service.

Joann Raine Nov 11, 2023

We are always well taken care of and happy to have a place that we feel safe! It hard to come by!

Linda Babin Nov 11, 2023

Winter tires on and service work completed as agreed. Well done!!

Kenneth Lindsay Mar 3, 2023

Did an exhaust inspection and a brake inspection and service. Clean job and fairly priced. Friendly staff and great communication with regard to what needed repairs. Will use again.

Chris Bonthron Nov 11, 2023

Ron and Jen and staff always smiling and happy to see me. Helpful to a fault.

Dennis Hons Apr 4, 2023

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

Terry Webb Oct 10, 2023

A shout out to Jenna - this afternoon I needed a tire pressure sensor replaced because air was quickly escaping from the tire. Jenna quickly arranged the required fix and I was back on the road within 30 mins, so from my perspective Jenna and staff definitely earned this 5 star rating.

Brian Doyle Sep 9, 2023

Service is always courteous and friendly. Job was done quickly and on time.

John Edwards Aug 8, 2023

Great service. My first choice for maintenance and repairs.

John Little Oct 10, 2023

True Auto Care was very clear about what they were doing with my vehicle, what costs were, and were prompt with their service. As long as I'm in Fergus they will be the mechanic shop I'm going to.

Sheldon Angst Oct 10, 2023

Both Jenna and Rena were great to deal with. They were a big help in purchasing our new tires. Thanks to both of you. Our appointment for installation went perfectly. On time and everything was explained. We are new to Fergus so this was our first service here. We will be back for all our auto service needs.

Bob Glazin Oct 10, 2023

Well just say I brought my 2003 Trailblazer from Victoria BC and needed a fitness review. I was treated with courtesy, up to date requirements and advice to get my vehicle certified. Staff was friendly and I could not ask for anything more. Great service. THEY ARE VERY METICULOUS IN THEIR EXAMI NATION.

Lloyd Bartholomew Jul 7, 2023

The Best most honest service ever! Took the time to explain and show us the problem and how he would repair it.

Kristina Breunig Sep 9, 2023

Jenna, Ron and the whole crew at true auto go above and beyond. Always friendly, timely with service, and reliable.

Heidi Brouwer Sep 9, 2023
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