Symptoms of bad steering & suspension and what they could mean.
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If you or your customer experience any of the following symptoms while driving, be sure to investigate. As you know, steering and suspension parts are safety-critical, so it's important that you routinely check steering and suspension components and replace any that show signs of wear. If a part is worn or failing, the issues below could result. 

Vehicle continually pulls to one side while driving

Possible failing part: 

  • Ball joint
  • Bushings
  • Tie rod end
  • Uneven tire wear/inflation
  • Steering rack
  • May need alignment 
Continued bouncing after hitting a bump or pothole

Possible failing part: 

  • Shocks or struts
  • Leaf spring
A steering pull or drift to one side after turning

Possible failing part: 

  • Bushings
  • Ball joints
  • Tie rod end
  • Rack and pinion
  • Uneven tire wear
Steering slips while turning the wheel

Possible failing part: 

  • Tie rod end
  • Ball joint
  • Bushings
  • Rack and pinion
  • Strut bearings
  • Rack mount
Loose or sloppy steering: excessive play or wandering from side to side

Possible failing part:

  • Tie rod end
  • Ball joint
  • Bushings
  • Rack and pinion
  • Strut bearings
  • Rack mount
Excessive steering wheel vibration

Possible failing part:

  • Ball joint
  • Bushings
  • Steering veers to one side when driving over a bump or during hard acceleration
Steering veers to one side when driving over a bump or during hard acceleration

Possible failing part: 

  • Ball joint
  • Control arm
  • Tie rod ends
Steering wheel bounces up and down at highway speeds or when braking

Possible failing part: 

  • Wheels out of balance
  • Uneven tire wear/inflation
  • Loose wheel bolts
  • Brake rotors
Difficulty in turning the wheel

Possible failing part: 

  • Steering belt
  • Power steering fluid level low (possibly leaking)
  • Steering rack
  • Power steering pump
A knocking or clunking sound

Possible failing part:

  • Control arm
  • Bushings
  • Ball joint
  • Tie rod end

If noises occur while turning, check: 

  • Ball joint
  • Tie rod end
  • Steering pump belt
  • Steering pump