Why is the power steering system part of your vehicle’s preventive maintenance?
Power steering is something we all take for granted but it’s very important for safe driving.
Your power steering had a hydraulic pump that transmits fluid to the steering system to assist you in turning your steering wheel easily. Without the power assistance system it would be very difficult to turn your vehicle
Over time, fluid breaks down due to heat and contamination which can case the rubber and nylon o-rings, seals and hoses to break down and possibly break.
How to tell if there is a problem with your steering system:
- Listen – For any noise while turning- groaning
- Feel how the steering wheel responds while driving is feels spongy shimmies or jumpy your pump could be failing
- Look for leaks under your vehicle power steering fluid is clear – red or green.
If you notice any of these problems please call us to make an appointment to make sure you and your family are safe in your car or truck.
Power Steering Fluid
You should check the power-steering fluid reservoir monthly to make sure it has the proper amount and that the power-steering system isn’t leaking. Reservoirs on many vehicles are the see-through plastic type, so you don’t even have to remove a cap to check the level. Consult your owner’s manual for the location of the reservoir in the engine compartment for help. You also should check the manual for the type of power-steering fluid that is required. The manufacturer may call for a specific type of fluid instead of a generic type found at parts stores.