Suspension & Steering Service
Automotive Suspension / Steering Service & Repair
Spring Works in Santa Rosa, CA is a complete automotive suspension/steering service and repair shop that specializes in suspension and steering. We repair, design, and supply suspension system components for all types of vehicles. Whether you have worn ball joints, tie rods, control arms, shocks, struts, or bushings we can diagnose the problem and provide repair options.
We have been providing expert service to our guests, automotive repair facilities, city agencies, dealerships, large fleets, and the armored car industry for over 25 years. We provide OEM suspension parts, aftermarket suspension parts, and custom suspension parts. Our suspension and steering services cover all makes and models of cars, trucks, trailers, motor homes, heavy trucks, and custom applications.
What do your suspension and steering systems do?
In order to know if you have a problem with your steering or suspension system, you need to understand what they do and how they impact your driving. Here’s a quick rundown of the systems and how they interconnect.
The name doesn’t quite give away the full purpose of your vehicle’s suspension system. This system is what connects your vehicle to its wheels. By doing this, it ensures a comfortable ride for you and your passengers, even when you drive on bumpy roads. It also keeps your vehicle’s wheels on the ground to provide traction.
The suspension system has to be tuned precisely. We use a combination of shock absorbers and springs to maximize comfort and safety for drivers and passengers.
This system is what allows you to guide, or steer, your vehicle. Most cars use either a rack and pinion or steering box steering system. On some large vehicles, the steering system is power-assisted. This reduces the effort that it takes to move it, which is especially important when the car isn’t going fast.
The steering system is connected to the suspension system by means of the steering column and pivoted joints. This is what allows the wheels to move up and down as you drive down the road without changing the angle of your steering. The steering system makes sure your wheels turn adequately and as the road requires.
If you notice changes in how your car, truck, or SUV steers, it’s time to bring it in for an inspection. The steering system needs to be adjusted with extreme precision, as any sort of looseness in the joints can quickly turn your steering into a dangerous situation.
When to inspect your vehicle’s steering and suspension
Your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems are critical for keeping you safe when you’re driving. They’re also important for keeping you comfortable by preventing you from feeling every bump and rumble on the road.
Here are some guidelines for when you should you bring your vehicle in to get your steering and suspension systems inspected:
● Every 50,000 miles
● When you replace your tires
● When you service your brakes
● When you have your oil and filters changed
● Anytime your car is in for routine service and the steering and suspension systems are easy to access.
● If you are involved in an accident that damages your front wheels or suspension
● If you are involved in an accident and notice any changes in your vehicle’s steering and suspension afterward
In addition to the above, you should also bring your vehicle in for a steering and suspension inspection if you notice any of these more serious symptoms that one or both of these systems are in need of maintenance.
● Nosedives, squats, and rolls: When you feel your car nosediving forward, squatting backward, or rolling from side to side when you turn the wheel
● Bottoming out: Your car can bottom out if it doesn’t have the suspension support it needs to absorb the bump that it’s driving over.
● Bouncing over road bumps: When your vehicle keeps bouncing after you’ve driven over a bump.
● Bumpy ride: When you feel every single bump in the road, even if the road isn’t very bumpy.
● Bump steer: When your wheels turn to the left or right after your car hits a bump but you didn’t touch the steering wheel.
● Oversteer or understeer: Especially prevalent on slippery road surfaces this is when your car’s front or rear loses traction as you round a corner.
● Hard steering: When you struggle to turn your steering wheel
● Loose steering: When steering is overly easy
● Wandering car: When your car seems to wander down the road unless you are holding the steering wheel in place.
● Jerking steering wheel: When your steering wheel jerks for no apparent reason at random intervals.
● Vibrating steering wheel: When your vehicle and steering wheel start to vibrate. This usually happens around 45 mph.
● Wobbly steering wheel: When your steering wheel wobbles from left to right as you drive.
● Strange noises: You might hear a clunking or squeaking sound as you turn a corner. You could also hear a whining noise coming from the steering unit when you turn the wheel.
What We Check
If you haven’t experienced any of the above, that’s good news. You should still have your steering and suspension systems checked on an annual basis. This ensures your vehicle is safe to drive and prevents you from dealing with unpleasant surprises down the road.
When you bring your vehicle into Spring Works for a steering and suspension inspection, we’ll do the following:
● Test drive and check for vehicle nosedives, bounce, rolls, and squats
● Test drive and check for noises, vibrations and overall handling
● Check all steering components for wear, damage, and leaks
● Check all suspension components for wear and damage
● Inspect your struts & shocks for responsiveness, leaks and bushing wear
● Bounce your vehicle to see how your shocks and struts are functioning
● Manually look for wobble, uneven tire wear, and imbalance in all your tires
● Make sure the power steering system is functioning properly
Schedule your steering and suspension inspection today
With decades of experience working with specialized suspension and supplying and servicing suspension products, you’ll find that the expertise we have here at Spring Works is unparalleled. Make an appointment today for a complimentary suspension inspection. Get it done right