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Replacing parts in pairs

Replacing parts in pairs

When working on steering and suspension, we notice that most parts have an equal on the opposite side. When a defective part is found, it is highly recommended to replace the same part on the other side as well to prevent a noticeable performance difference from side to side and to preserve your safety. This is necessary when replacing stabiliser mountings, stabiliser links, track control arms, silentblocks,…

It is not absolutely necessary to replace axial joints, tie rod ends, steering rack gaiters and ball joints in pairs, but many professional installers insist on replacing both even if only one is bad. This is because it is likely both parts will have covered the same distance and have the same amount of wear. This will ensure the entire steering and suspension system is functional and secure. It also saves the customer the inconvenience of having to bring his vehicle in a second time.

Any steering and suspension repairs should be followed by a quality four-wheel alignment at a reputable repair facility. This is due to the fact that you will be removing many different components and could possibly pull the alignment out causing tire wear or damage in the future.