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What is a Steering System and Why is it Important?

Steering system in your car by Weber Automotive | North Olmsted, Ohio

What is a Steering System?

The steering system of your car is everything from the steering wheel to the steering shaft, rack and pinion (also known as the gearbox), all the way to the linkage which connects to the wheels themselves. 

The Parts of The Steering & Suspension System

  • Ball Joints
  • Bushings
  • Sway Bar Links
  • Center Links
  • Idler Arms/Pitman Arms
  • Rack and Pinion Units
  • Tie Rod Ends/Sleeves
  • CV Joints/Boots
  • CV Axle Half Shafts
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Struts/Cartridges

Steering Assist Mechanism

Almost every single car has a steering assist mechanism; some are hydraulic with a reservoir for power steering fluid, while others use an electric assist. The electric power steering assist is more common these days, which is good because you don't need that fluid, and there is less maintenance needed. 

What are Common Issues with a Steering System?

The most common issue you will see with a steering system is a linkage issue. The tie rod or rod end is that main linkage piece that helps you maneuver the vehicle. But when those tie rods wear down, it is harder to maintain proper alignment and eventually lose control of the steering.

If you are experiencing difficulty handling the steering in your car, it is important to get it checked out by a professional as soon as possible. It is dangerous for yourself and others on the road if you lose control of your vehicle due to a steering issue.


At Weber Automotive, you can schedule a service appointment online, and we can inspect and diagnose the issue. If you have any other questions, please contact us today.

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