4 tips to maintain your car’s steering and suspension systems

After two years of online classes, formal face-to-face education will finally resume in the coming school year. That is why these days are especially important for school bus drivers and owners of vehicles that provide transportation services to students.

KEY FINDINGS

  • What are the habits drivers should practice to keep their car’s steering and suspension systems in good working order?

    It’s important to drive carefully and slowly when there are bumps and potholes in the road, keep your hands on the wheel more when driving, always use the car’s parking brake, and know the simple signs of possible steering or suspension damage.

  • What are the products offered by Sankei 555?

    Sankei 555 offers rack and pinion steering type, front suspension and steering linkage type, and joint steering parts including steering rod end, rack end, arm shaft, the idler arm, lateral rod, control arm, pitman arm, ball joint, stabilizer link and cross rod.

  • As everyone prepares for the new school year in the coming weeks, BSB Junrose, the local distributor of Sankei 555 steering and suspension parts, shares these helpful tips for maintaining vehicle steering and suspension systems.

    Drive carefully when there are bumps and potholes on the road.

    Frequent interaction with potholes and bumps in the road can eventually result in wheel misalignment and possible damage to suspension parts. Therefore, it is important to always drive more carefully and slowly when traveling on these roads.

    Photo by BSB Junrose/Sankei 555

    Keep your hands on the wheel while driving.

    Many motorists, especially those using cars with manual transmissions, are not fully aware that they may already be putting more of their hand on the gear lever. The vehicle’s control rod is connected directly to the gear lever. The weight of your arm could unduly force the car’s selector forks against the gears, causing wear. Get in the habit of driving with both hands on the wheel as often as possible.

    Always use the parking brake.

    The car should always be parked with the handbrake or emergency brake on, not just when parking on hills or slopes. Provides a more stable hold and greater security when parking. Also, this practice helps protect the car’s transmission and other parts.

    Learn the simple signs of possible steering or suspension damage.

    Learn the typical warning signs of potential steering and suspension problems. Does the steering wheel vibrate when you drive? Are there noises when turning the steering wheel? Does the car pull to one side when you drive? Do you hear knocking, thudding, or grinding noises coming from the engine? Is the steering wheel loose?

    Photo by BSB Junrose/Sankei 555

    “Certain driving habits and delays in regular vehicle maintenance procedures could cause or worsen problems that could affect handling, steering and suspension,” said BSB Junrose President Benjamin Bangayan Jr. “It can protect the steering and your vehicle’s suspension by observing ideal driving habits. When there are unavoidable problems caused by normal wear and tear, among the most recommended steering and suspension parts on the market today are those from the leader, Japan’s Sankei Industry Co. Ltd.”

    Photo by BSB Junrose/Sankei 555

    Sankei 555 offers rack and pinion steering type, front suspension and steering linkage type, and joint steering parts including steering rod end, rack end, arm shaft, the idler arm, lateral rod, control arm, pitman arm, ball joint, stabilizer link and cross rod.

    Photo by BSB Junrose/Sankei 555

    “For decades, the Sankei 555 has successfully withstood the toughest roads in the Philippines,” added Bangayan. “It has proven its reliability and is still being provided today. For this reason, the brand is a leader in the country, in terms of steering and suspension. You may not know it, but Sankei 555 might already be installed in your car, keeping you and your passengers safe all the time. Therefore, it should be your best option for part replacement.”

    Pictures of BSB Junrose

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