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STEERING & SUSPENSION

With todays front wheel drive vehicles you will not notice worn components until they have excessive play due to the tendancy of front wheel drive vehicles to turn on acceleration.  You will first notice problems during braking or while traveling at high speeds but by then your vehicle isunsafe to drive.

A proper road test by a skilled technician is paramount in troubleshooting steering, suspension and tire problems.  The vehicle has to be checked while accelerating and braking, checked for memory steering, steering ease of return ability and then a steering linkeage check with the steering wheel in the exact position it is when traveling down the road.  If the wheel is turned 2-5 degrees right or left all the play in major suspension components such as ball joints will not be evident on  initial inspection.

A second check of the same linkeage must be performed with the suspension hanging in the air.  A common problem today is loose stabilizer links that can make terrible clunking noises over small bumps/cracks in the road.  Often the links are in close proximity of tire or a drive shaft boot and once they break off they can destroy a boot or blow a tire.  Once they break ( the noise goes away)  excessive body roll will be noticed during cornering then often goes unnoticed by most drivers.  Loose ball joints or tie rod ends will wear tires prematurely and left until complete failure often results in accidents as loss of steering or suspension collapse occurs suddenly.  Coil springs that hold the weight of the vehicle up can corrode and break over time.  Sharp edges protruding from coil springs in Macpherson strut assemblies can puncture tires in seconds and loss of vehicle control occurs.  We install only premium parts from industry leading manufacturers to ensure your vehicle stays safe after it is repaired.  We can adjust toe in at the front wheels but must sublet 4 wheel alignments.

Give us a call if your car sits low on one side or your car bounces on bumps or your steering wheel shakes.  We can do the repairs to your damaged suspension. We can help!


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“Since discovering the company by chance I have used no other. This is proof of the high regard I have to the reliability, honesty and integrity of Jim Dickinson Auto Tech. Simply put I trust the company. Around 1991 my Dodge Caravan had an electrical problem, it sometimes refused to re-start. The dealer tried to fix the problem at some expense. Jim towed the van to his garage & solved it relatively inexpensively. After that he became my garage of choice.” ~ Kenneth Whitham