Power Steering Maintenance: Are You Neglecting this Safety Hot Point

When was the last time you had your power steering system checked out? Chances are it hasn’t been looked at for a while. It’s vital that you have this important aspect of your car inspected by the professionals on a regular basis.

What is the power steering system

The power steering system of your car is one of the most important parts of your car. The power steering system is a hydraulic system that includes a variety of components including power steering fluid, belts, pumps and steering gears. Its purpose is to assist the car’s wheels in turning seamlessly whilst reducing the steering effort on the car. Despite being such a complex system, it is consistently one of the most overlooked items when it comes to maintenance.

Why do they fail?

Why does the power steering system fail? There are a variety of reasons, but the main reasons is due to low fluid levels in the car. Low fluids can lead to fluid becoming contaminated. This in turn can lead to wear, and even component failure, in your car. Another reason the power steering system can fail is due to the hydraulic components being in poor condition, for example the drive belt slipping or worn hoses leaking fluid.

How do I know if something is wrong with the power steering system?

There are several ways to tell if your power steering system has problems. These include:
• finding oily marks underneath the vehicle—this is a sign of leaking hydraulic fluid
• steering wheel too easy/harder to turn
• hearing strange noises coming from your car—this is caused by a lack of fluid in the car.
Of course, by being proactive about your power steering maintenance, you’ll ensure that any problems are corrected before they cause you driving hassles. A regular power steering service may save you a lot of money and heartache!

When should I have it checked and by whom?

It is vital that you have your vehicle checked every 20 000 kilometres, or 12 months, by a trained mechanic. Here at Gearbox and Diff, we are more than happy to conduct your power steering maintenance: inspecting for specific troubles or just for a check-up. This includes checking the fluid level and installing new components if any are broken or damaged.
For more information about power steering maintenance and how it will benefit your car, contact us here

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