Suspension & Steering
Do you suspect a problem with your suspension or steering? Contact your local PTA Garage Services branch to book a free suspension and steering check. Our friendly team of experts will be happy to check your vehicle, discuss any issues and provide you with a comprehensive before any work is started.
Your vehicle’s suspension keeps your tyres firmly in contact with the road, assists with braking and handling, making it essential for a safe, smooth drive.
A suspension system is a complex system of components located beneath the car’s body, designed to work together to absorb the impact from minor imperfections in road surfaces and offer you a controlled, comfortable ride.
Suspension systems tend to wear gradually over time, making problems difficult to detect, eventually leading to a negative effect on road handling, tyre wear and braking performance.
Warning signs to look out for include:
- Reduced brake efficiency
- Reduced road holding
- Increased wear on tyres
- Driver discomfort
Maintaining a healthy suspension system is vital for a safe and comfortable drive so if you notice any of the warning signs, be sure to arrange a free steering and suspension check at your local PTA Garage Service branch.
When it comes to safe driving, steering is vital. If you notice any problems, no matter how minor, you should get your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Steering faults cause poor handling, knocking noises and increases the stress and wear on attached parts. This can lead to a shorter vehicle life, less driving satisfaction and unnecessary repair costs.
The two most common types of steering are manual steering racks and power assisted steering racks. Both types are subject to damage and both could fail. In this case they will need to be repaired or replaced.
Here are some examples of steering faults:
- Steering vibrates while accelerating or maintaining speed
This could be caused by a variety of things. It could be that your wheels are out of balance or loose, your tyres are worn or wearing unevenly or your brake disks are damaged.
- Hearing a clucking noise whilst going over minor road imperfections, such as bumps or potholes
Your vehicle may have damaged or broken strut bearings, broken ball joints or worn shock absorbers.
- Hearing a loud screeching noise whilst parking or driving slowly
This could signify problems with the power steering belt where the noise indicates that the belt is worn or loose. It could also be that your car is running low on power steering fluid, which is easy to rectify unless caused by leaks in your fluid container.
- Steering difficulties
There are a variety of causes behind steering difficulties. Damage to steering components is the most likely culprit, so you will need to have your strut bearings, rack mounts and other components checked. Alternatively, you may be running low on power steering fluid.
If you notice any of these problems or hear any unusual noises, it is important to have your steering and suspension checked by a specialist as soon as possible.
Contact your local PTA Garage Services branch to book your free suspension and steering check, book an appointment or to get a comprehensive quote for all of your suspension and steering needs.