Get your Wheels, Suspension and Steering Checked

Spring is here!

It’s time to have your wheels, suspension and steering checked for wear and damage from mileage and the Winter season.

With potholes galore and frost heaves lessening, now is the time to find out if your vehicle is effected by its effects.

Often times normal wear is not felt under normal driving conditions because wear is gradual. Shocks, control arms and bushings along with tie rod assemblies and ball joints often wear at approximately 80,000 – 100,000 miles under normal conditions. Here in New England we experience severe conditions making periodic inspections at regular service intervals even more important and normal conditions a mute point.

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When wear and/or damage occurs from road conditions or excessive wear a variety of symptoms can reveal itself. Some of these symptoms include vibrations, noises (clunks and creaks) and changes in handling, especially over bumps and bridges. Uneven tire wear is often a signal of suspension and/or steering component wear. This wear often creates a domino effect and can excel wear on other components creating larger repair costs. Normal wear leads to excessive wear and broken components. That leads to an unsafe vehicle that can endanger the driver, its passengers, other drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians and both public and private property.

Once wear becomes excessive and/or broken parts become a factor the vehicle is no longer safe to drive, especially in a situation of emergency maneuvering. When a vehicle has compromised components it can not be handled as intended or designed, leading all to often to a complete failure or crash.

Once wear is identified, a repair plan can be put in order to replace effected components to assure your safety as well as others.

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