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Suspension and steering repair Olathe KS

Suspension and steering repair in Olathe KS

A properly aligned steering and suspension system can contribute to a smooth and controlled ride. The steering system and shocks support the weight of your vehicle, keep the tires on the road while driving, and contribute to a more comfortable and controlled ride. To avoid major repairs, the steering and suspension system should be inspected at least once a year. If you notice any signs of steering or suspension problems, have L&D Auto Specialists inspect your vehicle immediately so the problem can be resolved as soon as possible. Long-term steering and suspension problems will pose significant safety risks in the future.

Signs that your steering and suspension system needs to be inspected

These include:

  • Pulling to one side
  • Steering problems
  • Problems when driving on uneven or sloping roads or in potholes.
  • After hitting a pothole, the car keeps bouncing.
  • Tires wiggle or deflect.
  • The steering seems to slip.

To make sure that the steering and suspension systems are in good condition, L&D Auto Specialists will need to examine all steering and suspension parts including:

  • Power steering fluid
  • Tightness of nuts and bolts
  • Tire wear or uneven
  • Unbalanced tires
  • Loose or worn power steering belts
  • Misalignment problems
  • Struts and/or impacts
  • Steering wheel alignment

Our experts will also inspect your tires and wheel balance to make sure the problems are not tire related. We'll take care of all your steering needs; call or come in today for an estimate!

Your vehicle's suspension system (i.e., shocks and struts) is a network of parts that provides the smooth, stable ride you expect. These components support several tons of metal on a daily basis and are subject to a great deal of wear and tear, yet we often take them for granted. Your shocks will eventually fail and suspension repair will be necessary to keep your car running properly.

Why should you go with us?

We offer a wide range of garage services to vehicle owners in Olathe KS. We can help you with anything from an oil change to an engine replacement. We can handle any problem with a European or imported vehicle.

  • We make auto repair more convenient for you.
  • We are a welcoming and professional group of auto repair professionals.
  • We deal with a wide range of auto services.
  • Most repairs and maintenance are completed the same day.
  • We complete the job correctly the first time.

Many people mistakenly believe that the only purpose of the suspension system is to provide a smooth ride. The vehicle suspension system, on the contrary, is primarily designed to provide stability. As a result, if your suspension needs to be repaired, it can have a significant impact on your ability to control the vehicle properly. This is especially true when turning or stopping.

There are several warning signs that can help you determine when it's time to repair your car's suspension. When even the smallest bump feels like a speed bump, many people realize that their shocks or struts are worn. A rough ride indicates that your vehicle's suspension is in need of repair.

Do you have the feeling that your vehicle is "drifting" or "pulling" when you make a turn? This means that the shock absorbers no longer stabilize the vehicle body against the centrifugal force of the turn, increasing the risk of a rollover. When you apply the brakes firmly, you may feel the vehicle lurch downward and forward. You may not realize how important this is, but poor suspension can significantly increase the time it takes to stop.

Uneven tire wear and greasy or oily shocks or struts are also signs of a worn suspension (this usually means they are leaking fluid and no longer function properly).

Vehicle suspension inspection

Even if you are aware that something is wrong with your vehicle's suspension, determining the exact cause can be difficult without the help of a professional. L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS provides quality auto suspension repair services for all types of vehicles. Olathe residents can rely on our skilled technicians to provide accurate diagnosis as well as professional auto repair. Regardless of the make or model of your vehicle, our team will get you back on the road quickly in a vehicle that is safe and running properly.

At L&D Auto Specialists, we offer industry-leading service at competitive prices. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. You will not be disappointed.

Maintaining your tires on the road

Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle that make contact with the road, and your suspension system keeps them there. It absorbs all the bumps and holes in the road, allowing you to drive as comfortably as possible. When your suspension starts to wear out, strange noises begin to emerge, and your vehicle no longer handles as well.

Quality suspension parts for reliable suspension repairs.

Your vehicle's suspension is critical to its safe and comfortable operation. A properly functioning suspension system will provide you with a smooth ride and allow you to carry heavy loads with ease. The handling of your truck is directly related to the condition of your suspension. If you start to feel every bump or rough patch in the road, or if your truck leans to one side or the other when hauling a heavy load, it's a sign that your suspension needs to be checked. A properly functioning suspension protects your trailer and cargo by cushioning you from any hard bumps in the road and keeps your truck aligned, which is essential for driving safely on steep roads or sharp curves. Call L&D Auto Specialists and have one of our on-site repair technicians inspect your suspension. We'll accurately diagnose your problem, repair it quickly, and get you back on the road safely. Don't risk losing your cargo due to a bad suspension.

Cooling system repair

Overheating is a common problem in large trucks. Leaks and failures can occur as a result of heavy loads. When your truck is constantly overheating, there are a few things to keep in mind that could be the source of the problem. It is critical to check the coolant level on a regular basis, as even the smallest drop in the radiator will result in insufficient cooling. Another problem is radiator fans not working or not turning on at the right time. A leaky hose, for example, can cause your ve to overheat. Don't let any of these simple fixes end in catastrophic engine failure.

Trailer preventive maintenance and repairs

A reliable trailer is critical to your success as a trucker. We repair all types of trailers, from lift gates to trim parts to air suspension. And you don't want your trailer to be out of service. When your trailer is out of service, it's a major inconvenience that not only wastes your time, but also hurts your wallet and your company's reputation. Trailer maintenance is simple to incorporate into your regular maintenance routine, and the benefits are immeasurable. Trailers are one of the most heavily used parts of your operation, but seem to receive the least attention in terms of maintenance and repairs. Repairing any problems as soon as you notice them is the best way to avoid downtime and more costly breakdowns. Call L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS to have one of our auto repair technicians fix your trailer problems. We'll get you back to work as soon as possible!

Air brake repair

Brake failures are no laughing matter. Don't let a sloppy brake job lead to an accident. We perform both emergency and routine brake repairs. Heavy trucks and trailers use air brake systems, which use pressurized air instead of fluid to provide stopping power. This makes them less susceptible to leaks than traditional fluid-based systems, although they can still have their own set of problems. The trailers are equipped with coupling systems that allow multiple trailers to be easily connected to the system. Heavy loads, as well as the enormous weight of the truck and trailer, place a significant strain on the air brakes. This means that if your large truck's brakes fail, it becomes even more dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. When you suspect your brakes need service, contact L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS, and we'll make sure you're as safe as possible before you get back on the road.

Electrical services

Your vehicle is an electrical wiring wonderland. If your lights are flickering or your vehicle is hard to start, it could be a problem with your alternator or wiring. Don't let a simple wiring problem put your vehicle out of commission. Our specialized auto repair technicians have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose and repair your vehicle's electrical problems. Everything from computer diagnostics to alternator replacement and battery testing is available with us. For all your vehicle's electrical repair needs, contact L&D Auto Specialists today.

Transmission Service

If your vehicle isn't shifting properly or is losing gears while driving, you should have it serviced by a professional auto repair shop as soon as possible. Fluid leaks, hard shifting, slipping gears, and stalled transmission movement are all signs that something is wrong. Transmissions have many moving parts that need extra care and attention when being repaired. Our auto repair technicians have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose any transmission problems you may be experiencing. Our goal is to get your transmission back in working order as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost to you. We save you time and money having a large network of parts suppliers deliver your parts to us quickly.

Count on reliable technicians for high quality steering repairs.

We are proud to have over 10 years of experience in steering repairs for drivers throughout Johnson County at L&D Auto Specialists. Our ASE-certified technicians will diagnose the problem with your steering system, whether it's a common or hard-to-find problem. We'll replace the tie rod ends on your Audi, repair the rack and pinion on your Chrysler, and replace the power steering pump on your Cadillac with efficiency and precision.

You don't want to be worried about your car's steering problems reappearing because substandard parts were used in the steering repair. As a result, L&D Auto Specialists always uses OEM and brand name aftermarket parts for reliable, long-lasting steering repairs.

Why should you use L&D Auto Specialists for suspension and steering repair?

  • Experienced Foreign and Domestic Steering Repair Technicians -- Our ASE certified technicians are fully trained and experienced in repairing all minor and major steering repairs for all makes and models, whether your vehicle is equipped with a recirculating ball, rack and pinion, or electric power steering system.
  • Thorough inspections of the steering system are required for an accurate diagnosis. -- When you bring your vehicle in, we will check the power steering fluid level and look for any leaks in the hoses and lines. We will also inspect the rack and pinion joints. Our diagnostic testing procedure includes physical and visual inspections, as well as a test drive to ensure functionality. We want to make the right diagnosis the first time.
  • Complete and honest reports -- We will be honest with you once we have determined what is wrong with your vehicle. We appreciate your trust, and we will never mislead you about the cost or extent of your steering repair. We will notify you if your steering system has a hose leak or is low on power steering fluid so you have all the information available to you.
  • Low pressure repair recommendations -- We will make a repair recommendation, but you will remain in full control of the repair process. You will make all repair decisions, and we will never pressure you to make a decision you don't want to make.
  • Steering repair with high quality parts -- To ensure the longevity of your steering repair, we only use the highest quality OEM and aftermarket auto parts. We can source high quality tie rods, steering columns, rack boots, control valves and other steering components.
  • How to find and repair power steering leaks -- Power steering system leaks are fairly common. They are caused by pressure, wear and vibration and usually appear after the system has been in service for a significant number of miles. However, these leaks are not always easy to locate.

Leaks can occur as a result of

  • damaged hoses
  • worn gaskets
  • corroded fittings, cracks in the reservoir, worn pump bearings and gaskets
  • deteriorated seals on the rack and pinion.

A power steering system operates at pressures in excess of 1000 psi (6895 kPa). This pressure is sufficient to force oil through a worn seal, fitting or hose.

The following sections will help you locate a leaking component in your power steering system.

It's a good idea to have the vehicle repair manual for your specific make and model handy when working on your car. Power steering system configuration varies from model to model, so even an experienced mechanic may have difficulty locating or replacing a component without the help of the car's manual.

Suspension and steering repair costs

The suspension and steering system of every car is made up of numerous parts. From the steering wheel you hold to various joints, linkages, arms, shock absorbers, springs and a host of other components, not to mention tires. We've compiled everything you need to know about your car's suspension and steering system in one easy-to-access place.

What are the rules regarding steering wheel knobs?

People who need mobility aids can use a steering wheel knob to help them drive. Your specific situation and location will determine whether or not the modification requires certification. If you are not disabled, it is probably best not to use it. If you are disabled, the installation of the steering wheel knob and the state in which you live will determine whether or not you need certification.

Why does my steering wheel shake when I brake?

A steering wheel can shake for a variety of reasons. The most common cause, however, is that your wheels are out of alignment or out of balance. If your steering wheel shakes only when you brake, it may be because the brake rotors have worn unevenly, preventing the brake pads from making proper and consistent contact with the rotors.

What is the correct way to grip the steering wheel?

When driving, the recommended hand position is known as "9 and 3". Imagine your steering wheel as the face of a clock, with your left hand where the 9 would be and your right hand where the 3 would be.

What are the main components of power steering?

The main components of the power steering system are as follows

  • Power steering pump
  • Rack and pinion drive
  • Linkage rod ends Steering yoke/coupler
  • Power steering hoses
  • Suspension and steering costs How much does a suspension replacement cost?

It's time for you to get a new suspension. Many parts of a car will need to be replaced or repaired over time for a variety of reasons, including damage, environmental factors, or just normal wear and tear. You may be wondering how much it will cost to repair the suspension. You should factor in the cost to repair or replace the suspension, as well as the labor costs associated with taking your car to the mechanic. Suspension repairs typically cost between $1,000 and $5,000.

What is the cost of suspension repair?

Customers frequently ask our auto repair technicians at L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS how much a suspension repair can cost. A vehicle's suspension system is made up of ball joints (links), shocks and struts, and the springs. The role of the suspension is to assist the wheels in maintaining proper contact/friction with various road obstacles. The cost to replace a suspension is typically between $1,000 and $2,200, but may be more for certain luxury or specialty vehicles. The final cost of a suspension repair can vary depending on the type of vehicle, such as the make and model, the year of the vehicle, and the total amount of rust and wear on the underside. When L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS performs suspension repair, we generally recommend that both the left and right sides be replaced at the same time, and that the rear and front suspension systems be repaired at the same time, depending on overall wear and tear. This reduces the need for new suspension parts and increases the stress on the older, worn parts. When considering the cost of suspension repair, it should be noted that when a suspension repair is completed, a complete wheel alignment may be required, which can add $60 to $120 to the total cost of the suspension repair.

Power steering pump repair cost

A power steering pump repair costs $200 to $350 on average. Replacing the power steering pump with a new part will cost $400 to $800 (depending on the car model and the shop you take it to).

Power steering hose replacement cost.

Power steering hoses are usually made of rubber and carry power steering fluid to the rack and pinion of the power steering system. Unfortunately, these rubber hoses tend to crack over time, allowing the fluid they carry to leak out. Because of the crack that lets fluid leak, the actual repair job will likely consist of replacing the power steering high-pressure hose or the power steering return hose.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, replacing the hoses will likely cost between $100 and $300 in parts. Replacement will cost between $80 and $160 in labor.

Labor costs are determined by the mechanic's hourly labor rate. Most mechanics charge between $80 and $120 per hour, and power steering hose replacement should take about an hour. As a result, the replacement cost will range from $180 to $460.

Power steering hose repair

You can repair the hose yourself if you want a less expensive and temporary alternative to replacement, or if you are out of town and need an emergency repair. All you need is a male-to-male brass coupler, two hose clamps and something to cut the hose from your local auto parts store.

Locate the section of the leaking hose and cut it. Insert the coupler into each hose where the bad hose was cut and tighten each side with a hose clamp.

This short-term fix should cost less than $10 and get you back on the road. Since the condition of the hose has deteriorated to the point that it is likely to develop other leaks, you will want to replace it completely at some point.

Frequently asked questions on suspension and steering repair

How does the suspension system work on my car?

If the roads were perfectly level, you wouldn't need a suspension system on your car or truck. But, as we all know, the roads are far from level. Even the roads have potholes and bumps that, when interacting with the wheels, cause the vehicle to raise and lower. The bumps would directly impact the vehicle chassis if there were no suspension system. The vehicle's wheels would lose contact with the road and would again hit the road surface, giving the occupants a ride similar to that of a toy car. Fortunately, a vehicle's suspension system maintains smooth forward motion while the tires follow the bumps in the road.

Why do the brakes and/or steering wheel vibrate when I step on the pedal?

This indicates that the front or rear brake rotors have been deformed. When this happens, the rotors are compromised, have high spots on them, and the vibration will only get worse.

How much does it cost to repair a suspension?

Customers often ask our technicians at L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS how much a suspension repair can cost. A vehicle's suspension system is made up of ball joints (links), shocks and struts, and the springs. The role of the suspension is to assist the wheels in maintaining proper contact/friction with various road obstacles. The cost to replace a suspension is typically between $1,000 and $2,200, but may be more for certain luxury or specialty vehicles. The final cost of a suspension repair can vary depending on the type of vehicle, such as the make and model, the year of the vehicle, and the total amount of rust and wear on the underside. When L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS performs suspension repair, we generally recommend that both the left and right sides be replaced at the same time, and that the rear and front suspension systems be repaired at the same time, depending on overall wear and tear. This reduces the need for new suspension parts and increases the stress on older, worn parts. When considering the cost of suspension repair, it should be noted that when a suspension repair is completed, a complete wheel alignment may be required, which can add $60 to $120 to the total cost of the suspension repair.

How do I know if my vehicle requires new shocks?

When determining whether or not our customers require new shocks, our automotive shock specialists advise them to follow the following four simple steps:

  • Stand near a corner of the vehicle and directly above a wheel.
  • Push down on the body of the vehicle with firm gestures and bounce it up and down 3 or 4 times.
  • When releasing the vehicle, pay attention to how it reacts. The shock absorbers are working properly when the bouncing stops on an uphill and downhill after stopping. If the vehicle bounces repeatedly, the shock absorbers are most likely worn.

Shocks should be inspected with a flashlight. When kneeling to look at them, it may be necessary to turn the wheels. Using the flashlight, inspect the shocks to see if any fluid is present. If fluid is present, it could mean that hydraulic fluid is leaking through the faulty seals and needs to be replaced.

What is the cost of replacing the shock absorbers?

Customers frequently ask L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS how much it will cost to replace the shocks on their vehicles. Our automotive shock absorber specialists inform them that the cost to replace automotive shock absorbers can vary depending on a variety of factors such as the age of the vehicle and whether it is a performance vehicle or a standard passenger vehicle.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About Olathe KS

Olathe KS

Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).

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L&D Auto is THE BEST Auto shop in town

L&D Auto is THE BEST Auto shop in town! They are professional in every way. Jose will go out of his way to meet your schedule needs. The specialists are very knowledgeable and thorough. They only do services that are necessary and let me know when upcoming work may be needed. Thanks L&D for providing outstanding auto and customer service!

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sarah smiley

They took the time to properly assess the damage, and gave me options.

I was referred to L & D Auto by a friend of mine. I drive a BMW & was not aware of the faulty timing chain for 2012-2014 X3 models. When it broke, it caused significant damage. Baron BMW "assessed" the damage & told me I needed a complete new engine for 13K! I immediately had it towed to L & D. They took the time to properly assess the damage, and gave me options. Although it was still a costly repair, it was nothing like what Baron quoted me

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Olathe auto repair shop that has worked on my Toyota corolla for years

Need auto repair olathe ks? Great Olathe auto repair shop that has worked on my Toyota corolla for years. Their mechanics in Olathe are honest and patient explaining the work that needs to be performed. If you need AC Service, transmission service or just a wheel alignment in Olathe, then, this is the car repair shop to go to. So, if you need auto repair near me, give L&D Auto a call.

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