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Your car’s suspension is probably something you don’t think about very often. Typically, suspension parts wear out slowly and worsen over a long period of time, so you may not even notice that you have worn suspension parts until other parts have worn out or broken. Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center has been servicing the suspension need for Port Huron, MI drivers for all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUV's plus fleet vehicles. 

Your suspension is a combination of all the parts that connect your vehicle to the wheels. Shocks, struts, tires, tie rods, sway bars, other linkages, and metal and rubber bushings all work together to provide your car, truck, or SUV with ride comfort and handling ability. Your suspension defines the way your car rides and drives - a car is only as good as its suspension. Since suspension parts carry the weight of your vehicle, combat it’s momentum constantly to keep it stable, and regularly experience motion, these parts are under a lot of stress, all the time - even when your car is just sitting there.

If you notice your ride isn’t that comfortable, faulty suspension parts are to blame. Squeaking and groaning sounds during direction changes or confronting bumps in the road, thuds and pops, excessive bounciness, poor ride quality, and unevenly worn tires are all symptoms of faulty shocks, bushings, bearings, and linkages. Don’t ignore the warning signs...bad suspension parts will wear out your tires and other suspension parts much more rapidly, and can be dangerous if neglected. Think about it; your suspension is what connects your car to your wheels, enabling it to hover above the wheels and allow for steering. If something breaks, you will likely find your car incapacitated, with one wheel pointing in the wrong direction or the underside of your car resting fully on the ground.

The bottom line is, your suspension is key to maintaining a good vehicle. If your car makes sounds of protest when you turn or hit bumps and dips, your tires are wearing unevenly, or you just don’t think your ride is as comfortable as it could be, let one of our experienced technicians at Bob's Truck Repair & Car Care Center  have a look. Our mechanics can pinpoint your issue, and correct it in no time, whether you need new shocks, bushings, wheel bearings, or an entire strut replaced. We like to ensure our drivers in Port Huron have a safe and comfortable drive.

Shocks & Struts

Shocks and struts help control your vehicle’s movements. If your vehicle’s shocks and struts are worn down, control is minimized, which can affect stopping times and “bounce” of the vehicle.  If the impact and movement of the vehicle are affected, it can negatively impact the rest of the vehicle and cause premature wear to other components, especially the tires. Regularly replacing and maintaining your vehicle’s shocks and struts can improve the movement and life of your vehicle and its individual parts.

Air Suspension

Air suspension allows your vehicle to move safely and comfortable. The additional support offered by air suspension kits works in tandem with other suspension systems, providing stable and safe riding. If your air suspension system needs to be serviced, bring your vehicle to Bob’s Truck Repair and Car Care Center, where our expert team can make sure you are back on the road quickly.

Ball Joints & Tie Rods


Ball joints operate similarly to the joints in our bodies: they allow the vehicle to move around, and they provide a hinge point for the steering system. Like the joints in our bodies, they sometimes wear down and need to be replaced. Replacing a ball joint will significantly improve your vehicle’s steering capabilities. Tie rods are less likely to be impacted by wear, but they should still be inspected regularly to ensure proper toe angles on your vehicle; an incorrect toe angle can significantly impact the wear on your vehicle’s tires, which can lead to premature and costly tire replacement.

Leaf Springs

Leaf springs are typically found on older vehicles. They hold axles in position; since only one linkage is necessary in vehicles using leaf springs, their suspension is simple and strong. Leaf springs can eventually wear out, however, and if your vehicle’s leaf springs need to be replaced, our team can replace them quickly.

Typical Wear and Tear 

Over time, steering and suspension components wear out and require replacement. Regular checks are critical to maintain a safe car. Factors that affect wear include:

  • Driving habits
  • Operating conditions (potholes in road)
  • Vehicle type
  • Type of steering and suspension system
  • Frequency of regular maintenance such as chassis lubrication and wheel alignment

Warning signs you will see include

  • Harsher, bumpy rides
  • Steering is stiff
  • Vehicle nosediving when the brakes are applied
  • Vehicle is swaying or leaning

Symptoms that you are having issues with your vehicle steering and suspension include

  • Car pulls to one side
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Excessive noise, vibration or bouncing
  • Fluid leaking out of the shocks or strut body
  • Broken or worn mounts or bushings
  • Loss of control

Proper maintenance of your fleet vehicle’s steering and suspension components not only improve driving but can ensure that other parts of the vehicle are not negatively affected. If your fleet vehicle is not driving as smoothly as it should, set up an appointment with the experts at Bob’s Truck Repair and Car Care Center. Our team will inspect the vehicle and fix any problems to make sure it is driving as it should.

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