Inspection & Repair Checklist

Inspect Suspension & Steering

When purchasing a used car, it's important to inspect the suspension and steering components thoroughly to ensure they are in good condition. Here are the key components you should inspect and consider repairing if necessary:

  1. Shock Absorbers/Struts: Check for signs of leakage, uneven tire wear, excessive bouncing, or a bumpy ride. If they are worn or damaged, consider replacing them.

  2. Springs: Inspect for sagging, cracks, or signs of damage. Uneven ride height or a noticeably harsh ride may indicate worn-out springs.

  3. Control Arms: Look for signs of corrosion, worn-out bushings, or damaged ball joints. Excessive play or clunking noises during driving could suggest control arm issues.

  4. Ball Joints: Inspect for torn or damaged boots, excessive play, or squeaking noises when turning the wheels. If they are worn or damaged, they should be replaced.

  5. Bushings: Check for cracks, tears, or signs of wear in various suspension components. Worn-out bushings can cause noise, vibration, and poor handling. Replace them if necessary.

  6. Sway Bar Links: Inspect for worn-out bushings, loose or broken links, and excessive body roll during cornering. Replace if needed.

  7. Tie Rods and Ends: Look for damaged boots, loose or worn-out joints, and signs of play or misalignment in the wheels. Replace them if they are worn or damaged.

  8. Control Arm Bushings: Check for signs of wear, cracking, or deterioration. Replace if necessary.

  9. Strut Mounts: Inspect for signs of wear, cracking, or damage. Noises while turning or over bumps may indicate worn-out strut mounts. Replace if needed.

  10. Power Steering System: Inspect the power steering pump, hoses, and fluid levels. Look for leaks or signs of damage. If any components are faulty, repair or replace them as necessary.

  11. Steering Rack and Pinion: Check for leaks, play, or tightness in the steering system. Excessive play or difficulty in steering could indicate a problem. Repair or replace as needed.

  12. Steering Column: Inspect for smooth operation, proper alignment, and signs of damage. If there are any issues, they should be addressed.

Remember, if you're unsure about inspecting or repairing these components yourself, it's recommended to have a qualified mechanic or automotive technician perform a comprehensive inspection. They can provide an accurate assessment of the condition and recommend any necessary repairs or replacements.