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Your steering and suspension systems work together to keep your tires on the pavement and your vehicle under control – until a power steering problem makes your steering wheel hard to move, or a suspension problem makes you whole vehicle hard to rein in.
If your vehicle bounces, sways, squeaks, or makes you work hard just to turn the steering wheel, request a diagnostic appointment. Our Midas Auto Service Experts® will conduct a thorough inspection of your steering, suspension, and other possible causes for your vehicle handling problems. We’ll take the time to explain your vehicle’s condition, and let you know which services are urgent (and which can wait). We discuss the best options for your budget and provide a written estimate before making any repairs.
Most drivers wonder about their vehicle’s suspension when the ride gets rough. But that bounce and squeak isn’t the only way a bad suspension can spoil your ride.
Does your car lean into turns a little a little too forcefully? Does the back of your vehicle drag when you accelerate? Does the front take a noticeable nosedive when you brake?
With a damaged suspension, it feels like you’ve lost a little bit of your control over your vehicle. Listen to that instinct – the lean, the drag, and the nosedive are warnings of heightened rollover risk and increased stop time.
Replacing an entire suspension system can cost up to $5000 depending on your location and the complexity of your vehicle’s suspension. (Luxury and performance cars usually feature more costly-to-fix suspensions.) But there are many smaller vehicle suspension repairs with a wide range of costs. Here are some examples, based on U.S. pricing trends before discounts:
Wheel Alignment – The suspension service that goes hand in hand with your tire maintenance routine.
A bad suspension leaves visible signs if you know where to look, but the change in your vehicle’s handling will probably catch your attention first.
Signs of a damaged suspension that you can see and hear:
Here are several symptoms of a damaged suspension that you can feel as you drive:
Here’s a tip that just may save you a trip to Midas. (We won’t take it personally.) Some signs of steering and suspension problems are really brake and tire problems in disguise. So, at the first sign of trouble, check your tire pressure and tread wear. Your suspension is designed to work with four correctly-inflated tires, ideally of the same age and tread life. If optimal tire pressure doesn’t fix the problem, make your diagnostic appointment.
Driving with a bad suspension is likely more dangerous than driving with a suspension in good shape. The suspension contributes to your vehicle’s road traction and resistance to centrifugal force when turning and braking. Depending on the suspension problem, you could face increased risk of rolling over, or find yourself unable to stop as quickly as you expect in an emergency.
Fixing your power steering system may be a simple as replacing your power steering fluid for $100-$150, or as complicated as replacing your power steering pump for $500-$800. These price ranges are based on U.S. pricing trends before discounts and depend on your vehicle and location.
Some common signs of a power steering problem are:
Power steering problems are typically caused by:
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