Chassis and Steering Repair
The Chassis and steering makeup of your vehicle work in direct correlation with one another.
Contrary to popular belief that the chassis is the metal framework or body where you sit in a vehicle, the chassis is actually the bottom framework of the vehicle where the “running gear” is housed, including the engine, driveshaft, differential, front and rear suspension and transmission. In summary, the “chassis is defined as the complete car minus the body.”
The steering mechanism of a vehicle is an integral part of the chassis as it provides the driver with the means of controlling the vehicle. This involves the tires grip and traction to the road, which allows the vehicle to make turns, avoid skidding, accelerate and brake. These work directly with the suspension system of the vehicle whereas the tires absorb much of the shock incurred from bumps or other abnormalities in the roads. And the body of the vehicle is where driver and passengers sit and is protected by the light metal or plastic frame.
A smooth riding vehicle with the proper balance and stability ensures a comfortable ride and are made possible by the steering and suspension mechanisms. Indications of either of these systems faltering will result in difficulty steering, uneven tire wear, bouncy-feel to the vehicle or noise when going over bumps. Turning the steering wheel of your vehicle seems simple, but it is dependent on a properly functioning suspension system, shocks, wheel alignments and power steering.
With most of today’s vehicles being equipped with power steering, it is good to be aware of potential problems. When steering, if it feels as though it is slipping, or if it is difficult to turn the wheel, fluids or a belt or pump may need to be replaced.
Complete inspection, diagnosis and preventative maintenance of the Chassis and Steering will prevent potential issues from arising and can help you avoid unnecessary damage and costly repairs.
Regular inspection and maintenance of these parts include the following:
- Transmission fluid and flush
- Transmission repairs
- Power steering flush
- Hoses and belts checks or replacements
- Universal joints, CV joints and boots, axles, differentials
- Coil springs
- Wheel bearings
One of the more complicated parts of the chassis is the transmission. If routine maintenance is not done on the transmission, costs can quickly compound. Consisting of a system of hydraulics and gears, the transmission is responsible for transferring power from your engine to your wheels. Aside from the engine of your vehicle, the transmission is the second most expensive part to repair or have replaced, so be sure to include it in your regular service.
Remember, the chassis houses all the “running gear” of your vehicle. That’s a lot of moving parts. If not properly lubricated, parts could fail prematurely.