Steering & Suspension
Needs to be checked annually for maximum efficiency for optimal tire wear and safety. Alignments should be done to extend your tire life. Shocks, struts, rack and pinion, tire rods, power steering pumps and hoses, ball joints, bushings are an intrecal part and need to be checked annually or according to your vehicles maintenence book.
A shaft on which the wheels and wheel bearing mount.
A type of ball joint located at the end of each tie rod.
A system that connects the steering wheel to the front wheels thus allowing the vehicle to be steered.
The linkage between the steering rack and knuckle arm.
Tie Rod Ends
Grease fittings or ball joints on the ends of the tie rods.
A lever extending from the steering gear to which steering linkage is attached.
A steering system using hydraulic power to ease steering, almost all modern vehicles feature power steering, though many lighter performance cars don't because not only is power steering not always necessary, but it can also ruin the "feel" and general feedback between the tires and the driver.
One of the major components of the clutch assembly, the pressure plate is forced by springs against the clutch disc which then causes the engine's power to be transmitted to the various gears of a manual transmission.
Rack & Pinion
A steering system in which a round pinion gear turns against teeth cut out of a flat rack.
A metal shaft that is turned by the engine, which, in turn (pun intended), rotates the wheels. (Also, the name of Gail's imaginary friend. More on that later.)
A moveable joint which is part of the steering linkage. It allows the front wheels to move, and when they go bad, you'll notice symptoms from poor steering response, to noticeable clunking going over bumps and potholes.
Hard metal, antifriction devices which are found between two moving parts. They are often lubricated with grease.
The metal unit behind the engine that holds either the manual clutch assembly or the torque converter of an automatic transmission.