Steering knuckle repair services

Don't Overlook the Steering Knuckle: A Silent Culprit of Handling Issues

When your car's handling feels off, you likely check the usual suspects: ball joints, bushings, tie rods, and control arms. But there's another crucial component that can cause trouble - the steering knuckle.

If A Vehicle Cant Be Aligned It Comes To Centerline

Located behind the front wheels, the steering knuckle connects the wheels, tie rods, and suspension system. A damaged knuckle can lead to a variety of handling problems, including:

  • Pulling to one side: This is a classic sign of misalignment, which a bent knuckle can cause.
  • Squealing when turning: This can indicate worn bushings or ball joints due to stress from a compromised knuckle.
  • Shaking steering wheel: A warped knuckle can cause the steering wheel to vibrate, especially at higher speeds.
  • Steering wheel not centering: If the knuckle is misaligned, the steering wheel may not return to center after a turn.

What Causes Steering Knuckle Failure?

Several factors can contribute to a damaged steering knuckle:

  • Impact damage: Hitting a curb or pothole can cause the knuckle to warp, even slightly. This warpage can throw off your alignment and stress other suspension parts.
  • Improper bushing removal: In older cars, removing seized bushing bolts can damage the knuckle's housing, leading to loose or worn bushings.
  • Road debris: Constant exposure to water, dirt, and corrosive materials can damage the knuckle's mating surfaces, causing play in ball joints and tie rods.


Why Replacing with a New Knuckle is Best

Since a bent knuckle can be difficult to detect visually, replacing it with a new one is often the safest option. Here's why:

  • Used knuckles can be deceiving: You might think you're saving money, but a used knuckle could be bent as well.
  • New knuckles ensure proper fit: A new knuckle guarantees the correct dimensions and tolerances for optimal performance and safety.

Keeping Your Steering on Track

By understanding the role of the steering knuckle and the signs of its failure, you can identify potential problems early on. Remember, replacing a damaged knuckle can restore your car's handling and prevent further suspension issues.


Centerline Frame & Auto Is Here To Help!

At Centerline Frame & Auto, our certified technicians can diagnose steering and suspension problems, including those caused by damaged knuckles. We'll use top-quality parts and ensure your car is back on the road handling like new. Schedule an appointment today!

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