STEERING &
SUSPENSION REPAIRS

If you are experiencing problems with your steering or suspension our experienced mechanics will diagnose the problem and get you back on the road.

Once all checks are complete, a full written report will be produced and a quotation to rectify any problems.

We repair all makes and models including Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Mercedes, Peugeot, Volkswagen to name a few. All parts supplied and fitted come with a minimum 12 month manufacturer warranty.

We are honest, reliable and only use highly qualified, experienced mechanics so you can be sure your vehicle is in good hands.

WHY DOES A CAR NEED SUSPENSION & STEERING?

Your suspension helps to keep your tyres firmly in contact with the road to assist braking and road handling, whilst shock absorbers smooth out the minor imperfections in the road surface. Without suspension, a vehicle would be uncomfortable for its passengers, handling would be poor and the car would have no form of shock absorption. The steering system provides the ability to manoeuvre a car in all directions. The steering system is as important as its braking and suspension systems, any kind of fault should be rectified immediately. Failure to do so could result in harm.

FAULT DIAGNOSIS WITH AUTOFIX

Gradual wear of suspension components make it difficult to spot problems, and make it hard to determine where the noise/movement within the suspension system is coming from. A vehicles suspension and steering system is made up of many joints, bushes, bearings and rotating parts. Our experienced engineers will assess, diagnose and repair any potential problems with your vehicles steering or suspension.

COMMON FAULTS

  • Anti-roll bar links worn
  • Broken coil springs
  • Shock absorber failure
  • Excessive ball joint play
  • Play in steering rack
  • Whining from the engine bay
  • Hard to steer

 

BENEFITS OF MAINTAINING A VEHICLES SUSPENSION & STEERING

Maintaining a vehicles suspension and steering system is a beneficial factor when it comes to the life cycle of a vehicle, let alone it’s safety factors. The MOT Test checks for faults within all moving systems and ensures a vehicle is safe to drive on the road. Other benefits include :-

  • Increased fuel economy
  • Decreased tyre wear
  • Better handling
  • Optimum driver / passenger comfort
  • Safe to drive

FAQs

I get a loud knocking noise when I’m on an uneven road, what can it be?
When a driver / passenger complains of hearing a knocking noise from the car, on uneven roads, it is in general due to worn anti-roll bar bushes or the anti-roll bar links. Also called drop links. These are usually an inexpensive service item.
I get a loud clonking noise when turning my steering wheel, what can it be?
This can usually indicate either a broken spring, a worn upper shock absorber mount or a severe steering system problem. An immediate check is needed.
My car is sitting lower on one side, why?
This generally indicates a broken spring, but can at times be another part of the suspension system. Seek advice immediately before driving the vehicle.
When I turn my steering wheel I get a loud noise coming from the engine bay, why?
A whining noise would usually be down to low power steering fluid or even a fault within the pressure system. I.e. burst pipe or failing pump.
My steering is harder one way than the other, what is wrong?
On the more modern cars, manufacturers have fitted an electronic power steering unit, rather than a pumped system using fluid. These electronic units, otherwise known as EPS, often fail within the unit’s ecu, causing numerous issues such as loss of steering, harder to steer one way than the other or just hard steering both ways. This is a very dangerous fault, and attention is required immediately.
My car seems to be bouncing around and feels like I’m on a boat, why?
This is yet another common problem. Usually diagnosed as being a worn shock absorber or bush.
My wheel seems to be skipping along the road when on full lock. Why is this?
Generally, this is down to a worn ball joint. More often than not the lower ball joint. However, at times it can be a sign of poor wheel alignment.
Why is my car pulling to one side?
This can be a handful of faults. The top faults are usually poor wheel alignment, tyres not inflated correctly or a faulty bush/joint.

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