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Your vehicle relies on proper steering and suspension to maintain control on the road. Your car’s steering and suspension systems work along with your brakes and tires to effectively steer, stop, and stabilize your car. If you have concerns about your car’s performance, help is close at hand! Visit a Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres shop near you; we’re known for reliable steering and suspension auto repair in Vancouver and throughout BC and Alberta.

Accurate Diagnosis of Steering & Suspension Problems

Watch for several warning signs that your vehicle may need steering and suspension services:

  • Your vehicle pulls to the left or right.
  • You must constantly adjust the steering wheel to maintain a direction.
  • Your steering wheel vibrates or jerks around.
  • Your brakes don’t stop the vehicle efficiently.
  • Your tires are wearing unevenly or more than normal.
  • You hear loud knocks, clunks, or squeaks whenever you drive over a bump in the road.
  • Your vehicle continues to move up and down, even after passing over a bump in the road.

Some of these issues can be fixed with smaller repairs like realigning your tires or refilling power steering fluid. However, because your steering and suspension system is made up of many complex components, you should let one of our professional technicians perform an inspection to pinpoint and repair the problem.

Vancouver Steering & Suspension Experience You Can Trust

At Minit-Tune & Brake, we have over 35 years of experience in steering and suspension repair for Vancouver car owners. Our teams, now scattered across Vancouver, BC and Alberta, are equipped to perform any repairs to your steering and suspension systems. We can also replace any parts, including shocks, ball joints, struts, idler arms, sway bar links, pitman arms, and tie rod ends. Since we use only trusted name-brand parts, you can feel confident in the quality of your repairs.

Contact Us Today

If you need auto repair in Vancouver or surrounding areas, visit our Locations page to find a service shop near you. Or just call our main office at 604-684-5515 for more information.

FAQ

As a matter of fact, all vehicles manufactured within the last 20 years do not have grease fittings – so a poorly oiled suspension system is likely not the issue. However, abnormal noises coming from any automotive system is an indication that something needs to be serviced. Worn control arm and/or shock bushings can cause a squeaking noise. Bring your vehicle to any Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre location, and our trained technicians will tell you exactly where the problem lies.

The fact that you’re feeling the bumps in the road may not be a concern. However, if you notice that your vehicle is bouncing unreasonably, even when rolling over a small bump, it could mean your shocks or struts are worn out. Vehicle struts and shocks are designed to absorb and dampen the energy created when your vehicle hits a bump or a pothole. These suspension components while in good condition will absorb most of this energy, thereby stabilizing your vehicle’s ride and maintaining full contact between the vehicle’s tires and the road surface. Worn shocks and struts will simply allow the transfer of the energy to the rest of the vehicle, thereby creating a “bumpy” ride, and compromising the safety of your ride.

Yes. An unnatural tilt while taking corners is usually a warning sign that the struts, shocks, and/or springs in your suspension system are worn out. If you want to take a look for yourself, this type of problem usually causes “cupping” of your tires. If you notice any uneven or wavy surface as you run your hand over the tire tread, you most definitely have a suspension problem, and you should bring your car in immediately.

Knocking sounds are never good. Whether you’re driving over gravel or smooth roads, knocking is always a sign of a problem. In your particular situation, there may be an issue with the ball joints, sway bar links, or strut bearings of your suspension system.

There are many things that can cause your steering to vibrate uncontrollably, even if you’re not driving over rough terrain. Damaged brake discs, wheels pulling away due to loose or worn bolts, and out-of-balance wheels, among others, are all possible culprits. The only way to know for sure would be to bring your vehicle to your nearest Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre for an inspection.