The steering dampers (also called steering stabilizers) found in some steering linkage designs are generally nonadjustable, nonrefillable, and are not repairable.
One end of a steering damper is connected to the frame or body and the other end is connected to the steering linkage. Courtesy of Dana Corporation.
- At each inspection interval, inspect the mountings and check the assembly for damage (such as being bent) and fluid leaks.
- A light film of fluid is evidence of fluid leakage.
- However, a light film of fluid is permissible on the body of the damper near the shaft seal.
- A dripping damper should be replaced.
- A bad steering damper may cause wheel shimmy even though the rest of the suspension and steering system is fine.
- A worn-out steering damper may cause excessive steering shock and vibration on the steering wheel, especially on irregular road surfaces.
- A rattling noise occurs if the damper mounting bolts or brackets are loose.