What to know about the Flex Coupling-Steering Damper:
While driving, the vibrations that result from wheel contact with the road moves through the suspension, steering parts, and eventually the steering column. The flex coupling incorporates a rubber disc that absorbs excess vibrations that make your vehicle hard to handle or cause driver fatigue. Without the flex coupling, the vibrations you would feel in the steering wheel would make your hands and arms tired and sore after just a short time interval. In addition to vibration dampening, the flex coupling allows the steering column to turn freely even when it isn’t totally straight. A universal joint is designed into the flex coupling that enables your steering column to rotate freely while being at an angle due to suspension travel. If the steering damper is damaged or worn, you will feel more road vibration in the steering wheel. If the flex coupling portion comes loose, your steering will be less responsive to small side-to-side movements and feel jerky.
Facts to Note:
Signs from several other vehicle problems can look like those of a loose or binding flex coupling. Be sure to have one of your expert technicians diagnose your vehicle’s flex coupling before replacement.
If your flex coupling is binding, it can pose a potentially severe steering issue including loss of control.
How to Fix:
The faulty flex coupling steering damper is known
The defective flex coupling is taken out
The new flex coupling is fixed
The battery is reconnected and radio is reset
SEE ALSO:HOW TO HANDLE A LOOSE STEERING
The steering is checked for proper operation
It is likely your flex coupling will need repair during the course of its lifetime. Whenever steering or suspension work is carried out, have the flex coupling inspected as well. If your flex coupling is worn or seizing up, it needs to be changed for optimal vehicle handling and safety.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Flex Coupling-Steering Damper:
Clunking noise in the steering when turning side to side
Steering wheel does not readily turn back to the center position
Steering feels like it locks up when turning erratically
Importance of this service:
Steering is one of the most essential functions of your vehicle. If you cannot properly direct your vehicle where you want it to go, it will pose a danger to passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians. Have your failing flex coupling or steering damper changed without delay.