When driving, you will want the vehicle to be as efficient as possible. This also includes keeping the vehicle in great condition. If you notice an issue with how the vehicle handles, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. One area to be aware of is the power steering on the vehicle. The power steering is a mechanism that helps you to steer and turn the vehicle more easily. Power steering is a common feature in nearly every modern vehicle produced today. The power steering pump works on a special steering fluid, similar to other fluids that are used to operate vehicles such as transmission fluid. If you notice that a fluid will need to be topped off more often than it should, bring the vehicle in. This could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system. Having the leak fixed can help prevent the chance of an unexpected breakdown.
What is the Power Steering Fluid?
Power steering fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid designed specifically for use in power steering systems. The main purpose of power steering fluid is to act as the pass through which power is transferred from the steering wheel to the steering mechanism of the vehicle. It also will act as a lubricant to protect moving parts within the system. The power steering fluid is contained in a area of sealed pipes and reinforced hoses that are connected to a series of pistons. When one piston is pressed down into the power steering fluid, it forces the fluid level to rise in another part of the system. It is not recommended that you drive without power steering fluid. It can start to cause damage to the pump, resulting in larger problems in the future.
Be aware of the Power Steering pump
There are several signs that can alert you that your power steering pump might be failing. If you hear the power steering in your vehicle start making a whining noise, you should check the power steering fluid in your vehicle. If it is low, then that can be another sign there might be a leak, which can cause your pump to go bad and affect the steering column. If the steering wheel becomes stiff when you are driving, it might indicate a trip to the mechanic. There might also be squealing and groaning noises coming from underneath the hood when you make sharp turns or when you first start up your vehicle.
What to do if the Power Steering starts to fail
Moving to the side of road is the first thing you should do if your power steering quits on you while on the road. If your power steering goes out, you will notice that you have to press on your brakes harder. Once you get pulled over and get the vehicle shut off, restart the vehicle and see if the steering wheel resets and moves freely. To avoid power steering failure, you should check the fluid on a regular basis. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.