The steering stabilizer is like shock absorber positioned horizontally in the front suspension of a car, truck or SUV. This is used to reduce harmonic vibrations in the suspension system. As with the regular shock absorbers, the steering stabilizer has a hydraulic fluid chamber that absorbs all the forces exerted on it, thus reducing the vibration transference. If this fluid leaks because of a failed seal, there would be a failure of the steering stabilizer and replacement would be needed. Checking a steering stabilizer for signs of failure is simple and can be done by anybody in a matter of minutes. To proceed follow this steps. First;
- Go under the front of your car with a flashlight, brake cleaner and rag. The steering stabilizer is mounted horizontally across the front most area of the suspension; it’s almost the same looks like the regular shock absorber.
- Flash the light on the steering stabilizer and check for signs of wetness on the center tube or extension rod. Automotive fluids such as hydraulic oils attract dirt, so inspect too for areas covered in more wet dirt than the overall stabilizer exterior.
- Use your hand to feel if any wet or seemingly dirty areas to see if are oily. If there is, detect any oil in the suspected leak residue, this means your steering stabilizer has failed. Use brake cleaner and rag to wipe the stabilizer to remove the residue.
- Drive the car for about 20 miles and then repeat the preceding steps again to confirm the findings. If the steering stabilizer seal is bad and is leaking, the wetness will resurface during the road test. Visit your mechanic for replacement.