Here are Kenny "The Car Guy's" questions you'll want to ask your auto mechanic for steering and suspension management for Winter.
The steering system is how you control the car.
Does you car lean to one side while driving? Not good! Could mean worn-out suspension or steering components.
If steering wheel is hard to turn, jerks in your hand, or shakes when you drive at high speed, it might be time for a new steering system.
Losing control of your steering for even a second, especially on icy roads, is a threat to your safety and the safety of your passengers.
The suspension system counteracts the bumps you encounter on rough roads. A good suspension system gives you a comfortable ride.
It's on the underside of the car, so it is constantly exposed to harsh conditions, salt and cold moisture.
If you park next to a snowy curb, water and debris can invade your car's underbelly and damage it.
Every pothole or bump sends a vibration through your suspension that eventually breaks it apart.
If you hit a bump and the car continues to shake after you've passed the rough part, take it in for an inspection.
· Even if you are pretty comfortable doing work under the hood of your car, steering and suspension systems should be taken care of by experts. Don't try a DIY quick-fix with these!
Don't let your car drive you! Stay in control by keeping your steering and suspension systems in good shape through the winter.
Kenny "The Car Guy" Walters can be found at Mufflers and More in Walled Lake, Michigan, located at 490 N. Pontiac Trail.