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When Should You Have Your Truck’s Steering & Suspension Systems Checked?

March 24th 2021

At Munden Ventures Ltd., trucks are our business. We drive them, we service them, we repair them. Our truck and trailer repair shop in Kamloops is committed to providing quality, cost-effective commercial vehicle maintenance, and repairs.


Properly working steering and suspension systems are critical to the safe usage of a commercial vehicle. Your suspension system is what’s holding up your commercial truck and the load you’re carrying. Your steering system is what’s keeping your truck between the lines. For your safety and that of others on the road, both the suspension and steering systems on your truck must be in proper working order. Safety is at the forefront of what we do, and we want to make sure our customers know how to spot a problem before it becomes a safety issue.


On a new truck, steering and suspension issues shouldn’t be a concern, but as the truck ages, problems can arise, such as worn steering components, a loose steering wheel column, missing or defective axle position parts, and pressure loss in air suspension to name a few. Some of these issues may be difficult to notice without getting under your truck, but there are a few tips to help you spot a problem.


Red Flags for Suspension Issues.

·       If you are feeling more bumps or shaking while you drive, you could have an issue with your suspension. Driving with worn shocks is uncomfortable, and impacts safety increases the likelihood of expensive repairs and leads to unwelcome downtime.

·       Your vehicle should be relatively level. To check, walk around your truck while it is parked and look at how it’s sitting. If one side is significantly higher than the other, you should have your suspension checked.


Red Flags for Steering Issues

·       Is your truck pulling to the side or making knocking or squealing sounds? If so, you may have an issue.

·       Does your steering feel rough? Is it making clicking or grinding sounds? If so, there may be a problem with your steering column, your steering box or any of the components in between the two, and you should book an appointment to have it checked out.


If you think any of these red flags apply to your vehicle, you should take your truck to a mechanic sooner than later. If you’re in the Kamloops area, drop by or have us send out a mobile mechanic. We have fully equipped mobile service trucks and offer Emergency Roadside Repairs seven days a week. From one-off, emergency repairs to scheduled preventative maintenance programs, let us work with you to look after your every need. No repair is too small, or too large.


Regular preventative maintenance usually ensures issues don’t occur, so make sure to have your commercial truck maintained regularly. At Munden Ventures, we will create a maintenance schedule that works for you. Visit our Parts and Service Department for more details. 

Most repairs to a truck’s steering system/components should be followed by an alignment to ensure that the alignment hasn’t been impacted by component changes or repairs. Munden Ventures offers repair services to steering and suspension as well as heavy-duty alignments.