11/28/2021power steeringRepairTech Automotive and DIY
Power steering is easy to take for granted – you spin the steering wheel and your car turns. But behind the scenes your power steering is making it easy.
The vast majority of vehicles on the road have hydraulic power steering systems, which means that pressurized fluid is used to help you do the work of steering. A pump pressurizes the power steering fluid to provide the boost you need. In some vehicles the pump is driven by the serpentine belt, in others there's an electric pump.
The problem is that over time, the fluid becomes contaminated and can cause leaks in the hoses and connections. It gets harder to steer and could even cause total failure of the power steering system.
Periodically, your service advisor may recommend that the old, dirty fluid be cleaned out of your system and fresh fluid be installed. This helps the power steering components last longer and maintains your vehicle's steering performance and keeps you safely on the road. Your service advisor will also have your system checked for leaks and the belt inspected for other pending needs. Ask if it's time to perform a power steering service today.
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