For those of you who are mechanically skilled the following instructions are designed to help you inspect simple steering and suspension components. You will need two persons, one inside the vehicle and the other outside inspecting the components.
1. Always check your steering and suspension while vehicle is on the ground. Do not inspect
while vehicle is up in the air on a lift. This will cause the suspension to hang and put tension
on the components any issue may not be revealed.
2. With engine off, parking brake on, unlock the ignition. Steadily turn the steering wheel
back and forth from the 10 – 2 o’clock position. Second person should be on the ground under
the front bumper inspecting the steering components.
3. Watch both the Drag-link ends and the Tie-rod ends for play. Each should move instantly
from left to right, NOT in or out of the socket.
4. Now inspect ball joints for play. (Ball joints can be inspected while vehicle is in the air.)
Grasp top and bottom of tire from the outside and try to "rock" it back and forth while the
second person is checking for play. Sometimes the wheel bearings have the play and not the
ball joints, so pay close attention.
5. Next is the Track-bar ends, look for play in a left or right movement. Make sure bolts DO
NOT move in holes. If there is a reddish-brown rust powder around the track bar bolts then
this would indicate the bolts are moving slightly in the hole. Make sure the brackets are
pinched tight on the track bar bushings. The Track-bar cannot move front to back in the
6. While still working the steering wheel check the steering stabilizer mounts for play,
especially the mounting bolts.
7. Stop working the steering wheel and inspect the steering stabilizer for leaks. Disconnect
one end of the stabilizer and cycle the stabilizer in and out by hand. You are feeling for air
pockets or low resistance. These stabilizers are valved and quite stiff requiring a good deal of
effort to cycle.
If you are uncertain the component is worn and in need of replacement, please contact your local service center or contact our customer service department. If any of these components need replaced please contact our Customer Service / Parts Department and supply us with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).