In our many years of working on diesel trucks, we have found that they wear out steering and diesel suspension components a little more often. We contribute this to the extra weight on the front end due to the diesel engine. Another factor is the extra torque from our diesel engine add more stress to suspension components. It is important to give your steering and suspension a good inspection every time it is up in the air for an oil service. Catching worn parts sooner rather than later will avoid failures and abnormal tire wear.
Diesel Suspension at Shadetree Automotive
The good thing about the steering and suspension system on diesel trucks is that they are typically built a little stronger. Tie rods and other steering components are typically bigger. Ball joints and other suspension parts are typically bigger also. This helps support the extra weight and torque of your diesel but they still wear out.
When we are inspecting the steering system on your diesel truck, we are basically performing a visible inspection. With the vehicle up in the air, our diesel mechanics are moving the front tires back and forth while a second mechanically watches for excess movement in any of the joints. Some steering components have allowable movement so it is important for an experienced steering mechanic to perform the inspection and make their recommendations.
Inspecting the suspension system on your diesel truck is similar to the steering system. It oftens takes one mechanic applying pressure to the front tires while a second mechanic is watching closely for excessive play in any joint or component. Some components like ball joints are designed to have some vertical movement so it is important for an experienced mechanic to perform the inspection. You don’t want an un inexperienced mechanic to recommend replacing a part if it is not needed.