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Vehicle Riding & Vehicle Handling

The car riding and car handling system supports the vehicle's weight, keeps the wheels on the road and provides a comfortable ride for passengers.


  • Ball Joint

    Function - pivot for the wheel assembly, allowing the wheels to turn in the direction the vehicle is steered.

    Signs of Wear - rough car ride,loose steering wheel, slow or stiff steering wheel return, uneven tire wear.


  • Shock Absorber

    Function - minimizes spring bounce and helps keep the wheels on the road.

    Signs of Wear - loose ball joint, leaking oil along the shock body, motor mounts broken, worn or missing burnships, bouncing car, cupped tire wear.


  • Stabilizer Bar Link

    Function - works with the stabilizer bar to reduce body lean and roll while turning.

    Signs of Wear - car leaning while turning.


  • Lower Control Arm

    Function - connects wheels hub to the vehicle frame allowing for a full range of motion while maintaining proper suspension alignment.

    Signs of Wear - uneven tire wear, suspension noise or misalignment, steering wheel vibrates.


  • Strut Mount/Bearing

    Function - Strut Mount: helps improve strut assembly operation by increasing damping and restoring smooth steering. Strut Bearing: allows the strut to turn with the wheels when steering the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - Strut Mount: suspension noise, uneven tire wear, off center steering wheel. Strut Bearing: problems with steering, presence of "memory steer" whereby the steering wheel does not easily return to the "center" position.


  • Coil Spring

    Function - supports the weight of the vehicle and maintains vehicle ride height.

    Signs of Wear - rough car ride, shake in steering wheel, unstable or uncontrollable ride, tire wear problems, tire wearing on just one side.


  • MacPherson Strut

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    Function - a space-saving unit made up of a shock absorber and coil spring assembly that links the suspension to the chassis and allows the front wheels to turn side-to-side.

    Signs of Wear - tire wears on the inside, irregular tire wear, loose steering wheel, wetness on shock body, broken mounting hardware, worn bushings.


  • Strut Cushion

    Function - a bellow that protects the shock absorber piston by sealing out dirt, moisture and other contaminants.

    Signs of Wear - rips, tear or cracking of cushion.


  • Bushing

    Function - provides an isolate and cushioned link between the control arms and the chassis.

    Signs of Wear - loose steering wheel, hard steering, noise steering wheel, shimmy noise, irregular tire wear.


Regular maintenance of your vehicle's suspension plays a major role in its handling characteristics, how it feels on the road and how it steers during an emergency. Regular suspension maintenance also improves tire wear. A car with misaligned wheels and/or worn shocks can cause tires to wear out faster than normal, and other tire wear problems.



Service and Maintenance

Consider the following.

Visualy inspect chassis and lubricate, if required, at every oil change.
Thoroughly inspect the suspension system every year.
How often to rotate tires? Bring your vehicle in for a tire rotation twice a year.
Get a vehicle alignment check twice a year.

Thorough inspections are best handled by the professionals at Wheatland Automotive.



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Services > Ride & Handling

Vehicle Riding & Vehicle Handling

The car riding and car handling system supports the vehicle's weight, keeps the wheels on the road and provides a comfortable ride for passengers.


  • Ball Joint

    Function - pivot for the wheel assembly, allowing the wheels to turn in the direction the vehicle is steered.

    Signs of Wear - rough car ride,loose steering wheel, slow or stiff steering wheel return, uneven tire wear.


  • Shock Absorber

    Function - minimizes spring bounce and helps keep the wheels on the road.

    Signs of Wear - loose ball joint, leaking oil along the shock body, motor mounts broken, worn or missing burnships, bouncing car, cupped tire wear.


  • Stabilizer Bar Link

    Function - works with the stabilizer bar to reduce body lean and roll while turning.

    Signs of Wear - car leaning while turning.


  • Lower Control Arm

    Function - connects wheels hub to the vehicle frame allowing for a full range of motion while maintaining proper suspension alignment.

    Signs of Wear - uneven tire wear, suspension noise or misalignment, steering wheel vibrates.


  • Strut Mount/Bearing

    Function - Strut Mount: helps improve strut assembly operation by increasing damping and restoring smooth steering. Strut Bearing: allows the strut to turn with the wheels when steering the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - Strut Mount: suspension noise, uneven tire wear, off center steering wheel. Strut Bearing: problems with steering, presence of "memory steer" whereby the steering wheel does not easily return to the "center" position.


  • Coil Spring

    Function - supports the weight of the vehicle and maintains vehicle ride height.

    Signs of Wear - rough car ride, shake in steering wheel, unstable or uncontrollable ride, tire wear problems, tire wearing on just one side.


  • MacPherson Strut

    3

    Function - a space-saving unit made up of a shock absorber and coil spring assembly that links the suspension to the chassis and allows the front wheels to turn side-to-side.

    Signs of Wear - tire wears on the inside, irregular tire wear, loose steering wheel, wetness on shock body, broken mounting hardware, worn bushings.


  • Strut Cushion

    Function - a bellow that protects the shock absorber piston by sealing out dirt, moisture and other contaminants.

    Signs of Wear - rips, tear or cracking of cushion.


  • Bushing

    Function - provides an isolate and cushioned link between the control arms and the chassis.

    Signs of Wear - loose steering wheel, hard steering, noise steering wheel, shimmy noise, irregular tire wear.


Regular maintenance of your vehicle's suspension plays a major role in its handling characteristics, how it feels on the road and how it steers during an emergency. Regular suspension maintenance also improves tire wear. A car with misaligned wheels and/or worn shocks can cause tires to wear out faster than normal, and other tire wear problems.



Service and Maintenance

Consider the following.

Visualy inspect chassis and lubricate, if required, at every oil change.
Thoroughly inspect the suspension system every year.
How often to rotate tires? Bring your vehicle in for a tire rotation twice a year.
Get a vehicle alignment check twice a year.

Thorough inspections are best handled by the professionals at Wheatland Automotive.





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