Steering & Suspension

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Steering and Suspension Services at Ward Tire

The fundamental purpose of your vehicle’s suspension and steering systems is to allow the wheels to move independently while keeping the vehicle “suspended” and stable. When any of the components in a suspension system is compromised or malfunctioning, handling can become much harder and you are more likely to experience tire wear. The condition of the suspension and steering systems is directly related to vehicle alignment.

While there are many components in a suspension system, ball joints are a common service item that must be examined on a routine basis. If the suspension ball joints wear out, the spindle will wobble, causing the steering wheel to shake. In cases like this, we suggest that you bring your vehicle to our Service Center for a ball joint inspection or service. Our team will examine the lower ball joints and tie rod ends for signs of excessive wear and will repair as necessary.

To know more about your steering and suspension system, read this page till the end.

What Do You Mean by Steering System?

Your car’s steering system consists of the steering wheel, steering shaft, rack, and gearbox. All the components of the system connect to the wheels themselves.

The steering system mechanism is installed in almost every car. Some of these steering assists are hydraulic and use a reservoir for power steering fluid, while others employ an electric assist.

The electronic steering system has gained popularity recently because of its many advantages and low maintenance requirements.


  • Simple design
  • Affordable and simple construction
  • Simple operation due to high levels of efficiency
  • Tie rods can be attached to the steering rack directly.
  • Minimum compliance with steering elasticity


  • Heightened awareness of the impacts
  • increased stress when tie rod angular forces are present
  • It’s simpler to detect steering wheel vibration (particularly in front-wheel drives)
  • When attached at the ends of the rack, tie rods can occasionally be too short in length (side take-off design)
  • The steering angle’s size is influenced by the travel of the steering rack.

Different Steering Systems

Modern road cars almost always have power steering. You have the option of hydraulic or electronic assistance for the power steering.

Hydraulic Power Steering

The hydraulic power steering was the first to enter production. Regarding this type specifically, it includes a hydraulic pump that circulates oil into and out of the steering rack.

In short, hydraulic power steering pressurizes hydraulic fluid to offer us additional power that facilitates easier steering. It is a tool for safer maneuvering and improved control.

Electronic Power Steering (EPS)

Most vehicles currently on the road have electronic power steering. Additionally, this one is far more effective. The reason for the effectiveness of electronic power steering is that it is directly connected to the steering assembly, whereas hydraulic power steering assists through the working fluid.

Features of Electronic Power System

  • These electronic power steering systems are more direct and accurate.
  • This form of power steering is more effective than hydraulic because there is no operating fluid.
  • The majority of the EPS assembly’s components are lightweight and compact, resulting in a reduced form factor.
  • Having electronic power steering can help cars have a variety of driving modes. The driver can modify the input and feedback from the steering wheel with the touch of a button. It can therefore be customized.
  • The engine becomes more efficient and seems more powerful because there is no pump stealing its power.

Working or Functioning of Steering System

  • When it comes to electronic power steering, it has a bi-directional permanent magnet motor that is connected to the steering column or the steering gear.
  • The sensor now detects movement as the driver rotates the steering wheel, and the electric motor now helps by lessening the driver’s turning force.
  • Additionally, there are many benefits to electronic power steering over hydraulic power steering.

Why Choose Ward Tire for Your Car’s Steering System Repair?

If you are looking for an auto repair shop to help diagnose your car’s steering or system problems, look no further than Ward Tire. Our team of knowledgeable service advisors and technicians is ready to help. Our team will assess your vehicle and provide you with information about the exact issues. We’ll help you make an informed decision about what work needs to be completed.

If you have any questions call or visit your local Ward Tire. With 17 locations across Alberta and Saskatchewan theres a Ward Tire for you.