suspension Suspension & Steering

Staying on track

Good handling isn’t just about being able to go fast around corners. The stability, ease of driving and safety are the key responsibilities of your suspension. Modern suspension systems have come a long way but still remain a complex combination of moving parts, so maintaining a safe, comfortable ride for you and your passengers rests on [no pun intended] the suspension and steering of your vehicle doing what it’s supposed to. This means regular maintenance and servicing are a must. Here are some signs your suspension or steering need to be checked. One side of your parked car is lower than the other. Steering in a straight line or cornering smoothly has become harder to do. Bumps and pot-holes move your vehicle off line. Your vehicle continues to bounce after hitting a bump. When braking the front of your vehicle dips sharply



Next to braking, being able to effectively steer your vehicle is the most important requirement of a vehicle in motion! Needless to say, your steering needs to be checked regularly and any changes you notice in how your vehicle reacts to steering input need to be addressed immediately. Obvious things to look out for include: Noises that occur when turning the steering wheel. Bumpy or uneven feedback through the steering wheel when turning and or going over bumps. Looseness or ‘play’ in the steering that translates as vague steering input or feedback. Difficulty turning the wheel. If in doubt, get us to check it out!

Shock Absorbers

Out of sight, out of mind means these are often neglected but as a part of the suspension system they play an important role in absorbing bumps and maintaining grip with the road. If your vehicle does a little pogo after large bumps, chances are you shocks need looking at, but if you’re not sure, book a time to come and see the team. We have the latest computerised testing equipment which checks on the performance of each individual shock absorber.

CV Joints

The CV (Constant Velocity) joints are an essential component of the front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive system. They allow the drive shaft to transfer power to the wheels while allowing the wheels to turn and move up and down.

Regular vehicle servicing and maintenance can help prolong the life of your CV joints. This includes checking the CV boots for any cracks or damage, which can lead to dirt and moisture getting inside and causing the CV joint to wear down.

Auto Super Shoppe Te Awamutu will advise you if they notice any issues with the CV boots. CV boot replacement should be done immediately if issues are identified to prevent further and more costly damage to the CV joint. If the CV joint is damaged, replacement is necessary. Signs that the CV joint may need to be replaced include clicking or popping sounds when turning, vibration or shuddering during acceleration, or grease leaking from the CV boot. Our qualified mechanics will need to remove the drive shaft and replace the CV joint with a new one. Delaying repairs or replacements can lead to further damage to the CV joint or other components in the drivetrain, resulting in more costly repairs down the line.


Whether your vehicle has leaf, coil or other types of suspension springs, we can supply and fit a range of replacement or upgrade spring options to suit to suit your existing or changing needs. If you plan to start carrying or towing heavy loads, need to improve your 4x4 clearance or just want to revitalise your vehicles handing due to worn springs, the team at Auto Super Shoppe Te Awamutu are Te Awamutu's experts.

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