Steering systems work with suspensions by way of steering wheels. What they do is give wheels freedom of movement while helping keep them stable. How a steering system works isn't hard to get. Turn your steering wheel, and it converts that turn into rotary motion -- motion that goes down a steering shaft and moves your wheels move back and forth, from left to right. Steering systems have many parts, but most have a gear box, a center link, a Pitman arm, an idler arm, and tie rods. The most common type of system is rack-and-pinion. Many vehicles today have one. Its assembly works with bellows boots and tie rods to convert rotation into linear motion. As a result, your turns get better and more accurate. Most makes and models these days also have power steering. It makes turns even easier and more precise. Some vehicles can even have four-wheel steering. These systems turn all wheels at higher speeds for better stability and minimal fishtailing. Over time, though, any steering system can develop "play," or uncontrolled motion. This indicates misalignment. It can result in unpredictable handling and faster tire wear.
What are the Signs of a Bad Steering System?
They include foamy or dirty power steering fluid, strange grinding or squealing noises, abnormal sideways pulling, and steering wheel problems -- specifically, a wheel that feel loose, slips, vibrates, or just plain gets harder to turn. Luckily, if you need to make repairs, you can order genuine GM steering parts online, direct from our auto parts counter. Buy now and you'll have the project done in no time.
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