DENVER STEERING, STRUT & SUSPENSION REPAIR FOR ENGLEWOOD AND SHERIDAN
The steering and suspension system of a vehicle is not only a major safety factor, but also helps enhance the comfort of the ride.
DR Auto & Truck has the equipment and knowledge to diagnose and repair your steering and/or suspension issues. Our specialized technicians have the latest certifications for suspension repair, diagnostics, and technology. Our technicians will closely examine your vehicle's steering and suspension components including rack and pinion steering gear, struts, and CV joints.
SIGNS OF A PROBLEM
Steering and suspension problems can cause any vehicle to become difficult to control. If you experience any of the following suspension problems, be sure to schedule an appointment immediately.
- your vehicle consistently pulls to one side while driving
- the steering wheel either turns too easily, or becomes difficult to turn
- the steering wheel jumps or jerks while driving
- you hear knocking, whining, or squeaking while turning
- your vehicle continues to bounce after hitting a bump in the road
Maintenance TipLoose steering parts will make a car difficult to handle and will cause the front tires to wear out prematurely. That's why it's important to have the steering checked at least once a year.
Today, there are two basic types of steering systems: standard mechanical (reciprocating ball) steering and rack and pinion steering. The standard mechanical steering can be either power-assisted or non-power. Non power steering is called "manual" steering. Rack and pinion is almost always power-assisted.
Standard Mechanical Steering
Standard mechanical steering uses a series of links and arms to ensure both wheels turn in the same direction at the same time. Basically this is how it works:
- The steering wheel is connected to the steering box through the steering column. The steering box turns the rotation of the steering wheel 90° and, in the case of power steering, uses high-pressure fluid to help actuate the steering.
- The steering box has an arm attached to the output shaft called the pitman arm. This connects the steering box to the steering gear. The pitman arm is connected to one end of the center link (or drag link). On the other end of the center link is an idler arm. Between the idler and pitman arms, the center link is supported in the proper position to keep the left and right wheels working together.
- The inner tie rod ends are attached to each end of the center link and provide pivot points for the steering gear. From there it goes to the outer tie rod ends through an adjustment sleeve. This sleeve joins the inner and outer tie rod ends together and allows for adjustment when the front wheels are aligned.
- The outer tie rod ends are connected to the steering knuckle that actually turns the front wheels. The steering knuckle has an upper and lower ball joint on which it pivots and creates the geometry of the steering axis.
Rack and Pinion Steering
Rack and pinion steering, on the other hand, basically combines the steering box and center link into one unit. The steering wheel, through the steering column, is directly connected to the rack. Inside the steering rack is a pinion assembly that moves a toothed piston, which in turn moves the steering gear. One end of the inner tie rod ends is connected to each end of this piston and the other end is connected directly to the outer tie rod end. The inner tie rod end is actually threaded into the outer tie rod end and can be rotated to make adjustments during a wheel alignment. Rack and pinion steering is almost always used with a strut suspension system. The bottom of the steering knuckle still pivots on a lower ball joint, but the top of the knuckle is connected to the strut assembly. In this system, the outer tie rod end is connected to an arm on the strut housing itself.
SUSPENSION REPAIR FUNDAMENTALS
Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. The coil or leaf springs are the first line of defense when it comes to handling the abuse of the road. In turn, your shock absorbers handle the abuse caused by the rebound of the springs. They both work together to keep your vehicle under control. These along with a variety of control arms, shafts, rods, bushings, joints, and knuckles make up what's commonly called a conventional suspension. Many of today's front-wheel drive cars have a strut suspension system that combines the control arms and shock absorbers of a conventional suspension into one unit, eliminating the need for a lot of other components.
For Denver Steering, Strut and Suspension Repair
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4100 S. Federal Blvd. Sheridan, CO 80110
Everything is perfect. They do a great job. Love this place.
3 out of 3 (2 months ago)
Dean and Erica are awesome. The customer loyalty here is awesome. Great mechanics that go the extra mile. Hard to find honest people like this in the business anymore. Highly recommend
3 out of 3 (11 months ago)
Great alternative to Courtesy Ford. Had my F-250 worked on by this shop and was happily surprised with the price and friendliness of everyone there. They are also very quick and will be sure to call you with any info on your truck. Feel like they love what they do. Was not even charged for dropping the truck off for an inspection, got it back before they closed. These guys are awesome.
This is the best repair shop I have ever visited the are fast friendly and do a great job of diagnosing and repairing any problem that I have on the 5 cars I drive
Best auto shop in denver. Diagnosed and repaired problem quickly had me back on the road in no time thanks again.
Thank You (September 2014)
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Respectfully, Dean Bergh (Owner)
Back to School (August 2014)
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