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Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2020

Car Maintenance At Brookside “66” Includes Your Vehicle’s Steering And Suspension Systems

Car maintenance at Brookside “66” in Kansas City, Missouri, includes steering and suspension systems. The steering and suspension systems have the important job of controlling where your car goes and how it rides. The systems are not only important for safety reasons, but also enhance the comfort level of the vehicle.
When people think of automobile performance, they normally think of horsepower, torque and zero-to-60 acceleration. But all the power generated by a piston engine is useless if the driver can’t control the car. That’s why automobile engineers turned their attention to the suspension system almost as soon as they had mastered the four-stroke internal combustion engine.
The job of a car suspension is to maximize the friction between the tires and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. In this article, we’ll explore how car suspensions work, how they’ve evolved over the years and where the design of suspensions is headed in the future.
For a car to turn smoothly, each wheel must follow a different circle. Since the inside wheel is following a circle with a smaller radius, it is actually making a tighter turn than the outside wheel. If you draw a line perpendicular to each wheel, the lines will intersect at the center point of the turn. The geometry of the steering linkage makes the inside wheel turn more than the outside wheel.
Car maintenance extends the life of your vehicle.
Rack-and-pinion steerig is quickly becoming the most common type of steering on cars, small trucks and SUVs. It is actually a pretty simple mechanism. A rack-and-pinion gearset is enclosed in a metal tube, with each end of the rack protruding from the tube. A rod, called a tie rod, connects to each end of the rack.
The rack-and-pinion gearset does two things:
·         It converts the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the linear motion needed to turn the wheels.
·         It provides a gear reduction, making it easier to turn the wheels.
On most cars, it takes three to four complete revolutions of the steering wheel to make the wheels turn from lock to lock (from far left to far right). Car maintenance at Brookside “66”keeps your rack-and-pinion gearset in top shape.
You should have the suspension and steering components of your vehicle inspected and adjusted according to the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. Car maintenance and proper inspection and adjustment will extend their life. Brookside “66” recommends replacing your shocks and/or struts every 50-60,000 miles. The other components in these systems will be inspected whenever we do your 3,000 mile service.
As a Napa Auto Care Center, our warranty for parts and labor are guaranteed for 24 months or 24,000 miles nationwide, whichever comes first. (Some manufacturer’s parts may extend beyond 24 months or 24,000 miles.) There’s no greater peace of mind than knowing you have one less worry by having your car maintenance done by the professionals at your local NAPA AutoCare Center. They stand behind their work with the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty.
For more information about car maintenance and your vehicle’s steering and suspension, call Brookside “66” at (816) 333-0565. To schedule an appointment at our Kansas City, Missouri location, click here.

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