A steering damper is mounted in a car between the chassis and the centre link. It is also called a gas damper or steering stabilizer. Trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps with bigger circumference or diameter tyres, aftermarket suspension improvements, or four-wheel drive are likely to have a steering damper.
What is the Purpose of a Steering Damper?
A steering damper prevents vehicle vibration and keeps the jerky motion from translational to the steering wheel. The steering damper will lose its long-term effectiveness and eventually fail like shock absorbers. If the steering damper wears, you may notice that the vehicle is hard to steer or that the steering wheel flips abruptly when going over bumps.
Like your shock absorbers, the steering damper will lose efficiency over time and finally fail. Driving your vehicle without a functioning steering damper might be uncomfortable even in normal driving circumstances.
When do you Need Steering Damper Replacement?
Because it is hard to inspect your steering damper at routine maintenance, it is critical to keep an eye on your car’s steering changes. Here are the symptoms you may experience with a faulty steering damper:
- The steering wheel is shaky or loose
- Off-road, the steering is jerky
- Hydraulic fluid leaking beneath the car
- Underneath the vehicle, there is a clunking noise
- At high speeds, the steering wheel shakes
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How our Mechanic Performs Steering Damper Replacement?
- On jack stands, the vehicle is elevated and supported
- Remove the defective steering damper from the steering linkage
- The new steering damper is mounted and attached to the steering linkage
- The steering is tested to ensure that it works smoothly and without binding
- The vehicle is taken off the jack supports and put on the road to ensure appropriate steering operation
When you replace the steering damper, have your vehicle’s steering system inspected as well. Bushings, grommets, links, and other components wear out with time. Replacing them with the damper will save you money on additional service visits while also significantly improving handling.
Installing or replacing a steering damper is a smart choice if your vehicle is difficult to drive or if the steering wheel jerks about when you go over bumps. If you feel there is an issue in your steering, seek help from one of Swezo’s certified mechanics, who can perform the steering damper replacement and diagnose other issues.