The primary function of your vehicle’s suspension and steering system is to allow the wheels to move independently of the vehicle while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.
Worn or loose components affect the suspension system’s ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:
- Control arms
- Ball joints
- Springs (coil or leaf)
- Shock absorbers