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The Car Salon, Tirecraft division is the leading steering and suspension shop in Calgary, AB. You are driving through Calgary, AB. when the steering wheel starts to pull to the left. You straighten out the steering wheel, but it only wants to pull away from you again. Or, maybe you are driving and suddenly you hit a speed bump when your back end bounces repeatedly like you have never felt before. Both of these instances are signs of steering and suspension issues that may plague your car or truck if proper steering and suspension inspections and maintenance get away from you. Our mechanics can catch a steering and suspension problem before it develops into a larger issue that may result in a more costly repair.

A steering and suspension inspection and maintenance service at our location in Calgary, AB. will include an inspection of your car or truck’s shock absorbers and accompanying struts, CV joints, boots, and axle, rack and pinion units, ball joints, bushing, sway bars, tie rods, and wheel bearings. While it is true that each vehicle has its own suspension system, the basics are nearly the same. Shock absorbers and coil or leaf springs take a bulk of the abuse from the road. The shock absorbers absorb the rebounding vibrations of the springs, though they both aid in control. A conventional suspension system is made up of shock absorbers, coils, control arms, shafts, rods, bushing, and joints. Today’s modern front-wheel drive cars and trucks have a strut suspension system that combines many isolated components of a conventional suspension system into one working unit.

So what are the symptoms you should watch for while driving in Calgary, AB. for a steering and suspension system in need of repairs, replacements, or basic maintenance? Shaky, unsteady and off-center steering are all signs of a likely steering issue. Your car or truck’s shocks, struts or springs may be in need of repair or replacements if you experience excessive bouncing during bumps, intermittent control during breaking and sudden stops, swerving during lane changes and minor maneuvering, diving during quick stops, and sagging in the front or rear of the vehicle. If any of these symptoms are currently plaguing your steering and suspension systems, please do not hesitate another day. Bring your car or truck in to our team of experienced mechanics for a steering and suspension inspection and maintenance service. We will locate and quickly repair the issue in your vehicle’s steering or suspension system in order to save you from a more costly repair down the road in Calgary,AB.

Your car or truck’s steering and suspension systems help with bearing the weight of your vehicle. The steering and suspension systems are responsible for maintaining a smooth and controlled ride by keeping your car or truck’s tires on the road. Our mechanics realize the importance of thorough repairs concerning steering and suspension systems. We have been servicing all issues involving shock absorbers replacements, strut replacements, tie rod (outer and inner) replacements, sway link replacements, and ball joint (upper and lower) replacements in Calgary, AB. for years. So call us today to make an appointment to have your car or truck’s steering and suspension examined by a certified mechanic.




Thankfully, power steering is the rule rather than the exception. With the convenience of power steering is the need to maintain it and troubleshoot power steering problems, and the experts at your nearest Tirecraft location can help. The most common power steering system is based upon two primary components: a steering box and a hydraulic pump. The hydraulic power steering pump is driven by a belt that may also drive the air conditioning compressor pump and other engine accessories. Typically, a power steering pump will deliver between 650 and 1,300 pounds of pressure, depending upon the pump configuration. The fluid used is a special solution developed specifically for this application.

When it comes to power steering fluid, check the owner’s manual or look for a servicing tag on the power steering reservoir before adding fluid. New fluid should always be of the type recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Suspension

Shocks and struts help your tires stay in contact with the road as you travel through bumps or dips. If a tire loses contact with the road, you’ll need more room to brake, and you’ll have trouble turning. Worn shocks and struts can also cause other components to wear out prematurely. It’s little surprise that shocks wear out; they move up and down 1,050 times every kilometre on a smooth road. Shocks and struts should typically be replaced in pairs. Consider selecting premium designs to optimize vehicle control and to reduce braking distance. If you carry a lot of cargo or tow a trailer, consider selecting specialty shocks that are designed to respond to different vehicle ride heights.

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