If you’ve noticed clunks, groans, squeaks, or rattles from your steering or suspension system while driving your car, you could have a steering or suspension problem. These symptoms are usually more noticeable during turns or going over bumps. You may have even noticed the feeling of a loose or sloppy steering wheel as well. When steering or suspension parts wear out or fail, they usually cause abnormal noises but also could point to more of a safety concern or even damage other parts. It’s important not to ignore the noise and have a qualified technician take a look at it. Any time a suspension or steering component is replaced, it’s also important to recheck the vehicle’s alignment.

Troubleshooting Car Suspension Noises

The Parts

Suspension and steering components make up the link between the vehicle’s body or frame and the tires themselves. There are many different types of suspensions, but they all serve the same purpose: To keep your tires and axles supported securely under your vehicle.

Some of the more common steering and suspension parts that can be found on nearly every vehicle on the road are listed here:

  • Springs
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Tie Rod Ends
  • Ball Joints
  • Steering Gear
  • Sway Bar Links
  • Bushings
  • Sway Bar

Larger SUVs, Jeeps, and trucks may also have some different steering and suspension parts:

  • Drag Link
  • Torsion Bars
  • Pitman Arm
  • Track Bar
  • Idler Arm

Get It Fixed

If you’re experiencing steering and suspension noises or abnormal feelings, it’s important to get it looked at right away to keep your vehicle operating safely on the road. At Anything Automotive, we’ll be happy to look at your vehicle and advise you on the safest and most practical way to repair your vehicle. To schedule your vehicle to be looked at and repaired, please feel free to contact us.