Suspension & Steering

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Suspension & Steering

Tie Rod

Tie rods attach to the knuckle section of the steering arm. The movement of the steering knuckles changes the direction of the wheels. Additionally, the steering knuckle provides the necessary amount of toe out on a turn. Toe out on a turn is the angle the outside tire follows through a turn. Toe out enables the inside wheel to follow a smaller radius than the outside wheel when turning, reducing tire scuffing and wear. The inner tie rods are threaded to the rack. The outer tie rods have a tapered fit into the steering knuckle. The tie rods are the last link controlling the steering of the front wheels. Flexible rubber boots cover openings in the housing, preventing moisture and debris from damaging internal gear components.

Ball Joints

The steering and suspension system of a vehicle has multiple moving parts, such ball joints and control arms. These components move in order to accommodate changing driving conditions. These chassis components can wear over time or may become damaged which can transfer stress onto other chassis components. These suspension and steering components require routine inspection and lubrication in order to prevent wear and to prolong the life of the components.

Rack & Pinion

The rack is a long shaft that is threaded on both ends to the inner tie rods. It has a cut gear surface on one side, which engages into the pinion. The other side incorporates a piston that travels from side to side within the cylinder. Hydraulic fluid from the valve assembly is directed to either side of the cylinder to provide rack travel assist on demand.

Intermediate Shaft

At the lower end of the column, the intermediate shaft connects the column to the steering rack. Some applications use a single piece intermediate shaft, while others use two pieces.

Steering & Suspension FAQ

How do I know my brakes need service ?

Excessive noise or a sense of reduced performance can indicate the need for a formal brake inspection. Drivers in the Towson area can schedule a service with a expert technician at Hollenshade’s.

Why do I feel a vibration in my brakes ?

A vibration or pulsation in the brake pedal or steering wheel, especially at highway speeds, is a sign of brake rotor issues. It is best to address this issue early as it will most likely get worse as the brakes continue to wear. A service in Towson by the brake specialists at Hollenshade’s ensures proper brake feel and performance.

What is the cost to Fix or Replace Brakes ?

The price to repair a vehicles brake system can vary significantly depending on what components need to be replaced. Repairs can become much more costly if the noise in the brake system is not addressed and grinding is experienced. Contact Us for an estimate to repair your vehicle’s brakes.
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