Your vehicle's original steering system works with its suspension by way of your steering wheel. What it does is help keep wheels stable while giving them freedom of movement. How a factory steering system works isn't particularly complicated. It converts steering wheel turns into rotary motion. That motion goes down a steering shaft, and your wheels move back and forth, left to right and vice versa. Steering system parts can include a gear box, center link, Pitman arm, an idler arm, and tie rods. The most common type of steering system is rack-and-pinion. Many vehicles have one. Together with bellows boots and tie rods, a rack-and-pinion assembly helps convert motion from rotational into linear. That makes the system better and more accurate at turning wheels. Most makes and models today also have power steering, too. It makes turning even easier and all the more precise. Some vehicles can even feature four-wheel steering systems. These turn all wheels at high speeds, optimizing stability and minimizing fishtailing. Over time, though, any steering system can develop uncontrolled motion, referred to as "play." This indicates misalignment and can result in erratic handling and quicker tire wear.
What are the Signs of a Steering System Gone Bad?
They include abnormal sideways pulling, foamy or dirty power steering fluid, odd grinding or squealing noises, and a steering wheel that vibrates, feel loose, slips, or just plain gets tougher to turn. Luckily, you can buy genuine Mopar steering parts online, direct from our auto parts counter. Order now and you'll have your repair project done in no time.
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