Steering and Suspension Repair

The Backbone of Your Driving Experience

Your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems act as the backbone of your driving experience, intricately working in tandem to counteract road imperfections and support vehicle dynamics. While the steering system grants you the precision to maneuver with ease, the suspension buffers against road bumps, ensuring stability. A lapse in their maintenance can compromise your car’s performance, leading to premature wear of components, decreased fuel efficiency, and diminished responsiveness in critical situations. As such, prioritizing their upkeep is paramount not just for comfort, but for the safety of everyone on the road.

Mechanic expertly repairing car's steering and suspension system

The Basics of Steering and Suspension Systems


Both the steering and suspension systems are fundamental to a vehicle’s operation. While the steering system allows the driver to guide the vehicle, the suspension system works to maximize the friction between the tires and the road surface, ensuring stability, good handling, and optimal comfort for the passengers.


  • Tie Rods: Connect the steering system to the wheels, playing a pivotal role in ensuring smooth turns.
  • Steering Gearbox: A crucial component that translates the rotational motion of the steering wheel into the left or right movement of the wheels.
  • Power Steering Pump: Assists the driver in turning the wheels by using hydraulic pressure, especially useful at lower speeds.
  • Springs: Store energy when the wheel moves up and down, ensuring the car returns to its original position after hitting a bump.
  • Shock Absorbers: Control the movement of the springs and suspension, absorbing and dissipating energy.
  • Struts: A structural part of the suspension system that combines coil springs and shock absorbers into one unit.
  • Control Arms: Link the vehicle’s suspension to its frame, allowing for the movement of the wheels.

How They Work Together:

The steering and suspension systems are intricately connected. As a driver maneuvers the steering wheel, the steering system directs the wheels to turn. Simultaneously, the suspension system ensures that the wheels maintain contact with the road surface, absorbing shocks from road imperfections and adjusting to different terrains. Together, they guarantee a vehicle’s stability, responsive handling, and passenger comfort.

Signs of Steering and Suspension Issues

Here are some common indicators to look out for that your steering and suspension may require attention:

  • Difficulty in Turning the Wheel: If you find it hard to turn the steering wheel or it feels stiff, it might be a sign of problems with your power steering system or alignment issues.
  • Unusual Tire Wear Patterns: If you notice uneven or rapid tire wear, it can be a symptom of misaligned wheels or worn-out suspension components.
  • Vehicle Pulling to One Side: A car that consistently drifts or pulls to one side might be experiencing issues with alignment or uneven tire pressure.
  • Noises When Going Over Bumps: A clunking or knocking sound when driving over bumps can indicate worn or damaged shock absorbers, struts, or other suspension components.
  • Loose or Wobbly Steering: If your steering feels loose or unresponsive, especially at higher speeds, it could be a sign of worn steering components or misalignment.
  • Continuous Bouncing After Hitting a Bump: When your car continues to bounce excessively after going over a speed bump or pothole, it’s likely due to worn shocks or struts.

Steering and Suspension Repair at P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair

What Our Steering and Suspension Repair Services Include

We offer a comprehensive range of steering and suspension services to ensure your vehicle drives smoothly and safely. Our services include:

  • Wheel Alignment: Essential for even tire wear and optimal handling.
  • Shock and Strut Replacement: For a smooth and stable ride.
  • Suspension System Inspection: To identify any worn or damaged components.
  • Power Steering Fluid Change: To maintain easy steering and prevent system damage.
  • Ball Joint and Tie Rod End Examination: Ensuring the integrity of your vehicle’s pivotal connections.

Choose P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair for Your Steering and Suspension Repairs

A faulty steering or suspension system can significantly affect your vehicle’s performance and your safety on the road. Rely on the knowledge and experience of P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair to accurately diagnose and address any concerns. For steering and suspension evaluations, replacements, or any related services, schedule an appointment or contact us online or call us directly at 1-858-270-1142.

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Jack Kreile
Jack Kreile
August 8, 2023

I’ve been bringing various cars to PB Foreign & Domestic for over 30 yrs. Once agsin, on Monday they provided the best car & customer service I have come to expect from this shop.

I highly recommend them for all your car service needs.

’85 Honda Accord
’97 Nissan Altima
’03 350z
’03 Lexus ES 300
’15 Hyundai Genesis

Diane Greene
Diane Greene
July 29, 2023

Dan, the mechanic is very skilled and honest. I highly recommend asking for him.

ira farnham
ira farnham
June 6, 2023

Great family owned business, run a cool father and son duo. I’ve been taking my cars here for over a decade.

I’ve come across 2 types of mechanics over the years: 1) fixes what needs fixing, checks everthing else out, tells the customer what to keep an eye on/expect in the future. 2) fixes what needs fixing and EVERYTHING else that it touches.

PB Foreign and Domestic is type 1) – straightforward, steady, and honest – which is why I keep coming back and I suspect it’s why the same guys have been working there for forever too.

Aran Osborne
Aran Osborne
April 9, 2023

Best service, best price, they do a great job and are honest! Family owned and operated. I will continue to take my car here. For regular oil changes and maintanance, George is awesome and everyone he employs, this place is great no complaints! Always will look at something if you have a concern like I did. Minor and didn’t Rip me off like most places would have.

Linda Gould
Linda Gould
February 19, 2023

I truly feel like I’m getting the service that’s required and not being upsold on things I don’t need. The price is always better than anywhere else I’ve looked and repairs done timely. They always call if the estimate given to me ends up being different, sometimes it’s lower and if it’s higher they clearly explain why and if it’s absolutely necessary or a recommendation. I trust them.

Jonathan Grannick
Jonathan Grannick
November 18, 2022

If you want a local independent family owned car mechanic that is honest, trustworthy, reasonably priced, and not trying to nickel & dime you these are your guys! Aaron is especially a pleasure to deal with. He went above and beyond at my last oil change to help me on a few things that would have taken tons of time to figure out on my own, you can tell he enjoys helping people (when they aren’t too busy) and is just a personable good natured guy which is so great to have in a car mechanic. Couldn’t recommend them enough!

T. C.
T. C.
May 3, 2022

We really love PB Foreign and Domestic! They have served us well for years on 3 vehicles and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend over dealership or other local facilities. They don’t try to upsell you on things you do not need. Super friendly and can usually get you in within a day or two. It is best to call ahead and make an appointment.

Mandy Anderson
Mandy Anderson
August 25, 2018

Porsche Cayman – my car was overheating so I had my car towed to PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair. The team was able to repair my car ( I needed a new radiator and water pump) and they gave me very fair pricing. I will definitely come back for my preventitive maintenance.

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