When you get in your car, sometimes you can tell when something is just not right. It may be something that others may not notice, but you notice it. With the spring traveling season in the air, you do not need anything getting in the way of your freedom. When you have troubles with your steering and suspension, you should make it a point to take care of those problems right away. The steering and suspension system is the system that helps you maintain control of your car. If this system goes bad, it could be hazardous for you and the other drivers on the road. To warn you of problems in this area, your car will give you clues that you need to learn to decipher.

When it Wanders To and Fro

If you notice that your car drifts to one side or the other while you are driving in a straight line, then you may need to check the tie rods and steering rack. If those parts are damaged or worn, you should replace them. Wandering can also be caused by other conditions, so you should also check your tires. If your tires are underinflated or if one tire is inflated more than the other is, it could cause your car to drift. A brake caliper that is sticking can also cause wandering.  You should inspect your brake system to make sure that all of the parts are working properly. Replace any parts that are worn or damaged.

It Feels Like Bobbing on the Waves

If you notice that your car is bobbing excessively when you drive over irregularities in the road, such as bumps, railroad tracks, and potholes, then you can suspect that you have a problem with your struts or shocks. You should inspect them and make sure that they are in good condition. If they are not, then replace them immediately. A broken or slipped leaf spring can also cause the bobbing along imperfect surfaces. While the kids may enjoy the jostling around in the back seat when you drive over bumps, it makes for a very uncomfortable ride for adults and it compromises the safety of your car.

Loose as a Goose or Slippery as a Snake?

If you notice that your steering wheel seems to have a lot of play in it or it seems to be slipping or even hard to turn, it is possible that you have low steering fluid, a loose or worn power steering belt, or a bad power steering pump. Be sure you check to make sure that the belt is intact and in good shape. If it is bad, you should replace it. If you have a bad power steering pump, you should have it replaced. You could also have a leak in the power steering rack. Loose steering could be the result of worn ball joints, broken steering rack mounts, or worn strut bearings. Make sure that you inspect these parts and make sure they are in working order. Replace all worn or broken parts. Taking care of your car is the best way to make sure that your car will perform for you throughout the spring traveling season.