5 Simple Steps to Maintaining Your Power Steering System
A Healthy Power System is Important Here's Why
The power steering system in your vehicle is what gives you the ability to easily turn your steering wheel. Most consumers don’t truly know how difficult it is to turn the wheel until they run in to the unfortunate circumstance of a failing system. Turning the wheel without power steering can be so difficult that it is dangerous and has caused many an accident. Today we will discuss how your power steering system works and how to maintain a healthy power steering system.
Understanding the Major components of the Power Steering System
On most vehicles your power steering system is engaged when you turn your wheel. Fluid is sent through the system to exert a force on the wheels to turn them in the direction you want to go with ease. There are 4 major components that interact together to give you the luxury of turning your wheels without the need to have the arms of a weight lifter.
Power Steering Pump - Pumps the fluid througout the system
Power Steering Fluid Reservoir - Holds the fluid and supplies it to the power steering pump
Power Steering Hoses - Are the hoses that the power steering fluid flows through
Rack and Pinion Steering Gear - The portion of the system that directly controls the direction your wheels turn.
How to Maintain the Power Steering System
1. Have your power steering fluid checked regularly. No special appointment is needed for this because at Nichols Auto Repair we check your vehicle’s fluids every time you come in for an oil change. It is vital to have this fluid clean and full because the fluid is what is vital to a smoothly functioning system.
2. Change your Power Steering Filter Yearly. This is something that is rarely thought about, but it is important to keep the power steering filter clean and the flow of fluid at optimal performance to prevent blockages and build up.
3. Keep your fluid clean by have a power steering flush performed. Remember that this service should be performed as a result of dirty fluid. Often, we hear that customers are told to have this service performed as a result of low fluid which resulted from a leak. Please keep in mind that a power steering flush will not resolve leaks it will refill the system but if a leak is present the fluid will go low again.
4. Most issues within the power system arise because of power steering fluid leaks. Power steering leaks can range from small to large. You may notice the leak yourself or Nichols Auto Repair’s, ASE Certified Mechanics, may identify the leak during a regular maintenance service. It is important to fix any leaks so that your power steering fluid remains at the proper level to keep the system healthy.
5. Low fluid levels and dirty fluid can have negative impacts to all the components within the power steering system, especially your power steering pump. Ways to identify that your pump is failing are if you hear a whining noise or your wheel becomes harder to turn. It is important to have this looked at right away to prevent further damage to the steering system.
At Nichols Auto repair we want to keep your vehicle in tip top shape by always notifying you if we see anything that has failed or has signs of possible failure to come. This keeps repairs on the smaller end when possible and prevents other system component failures. Rest assured that you will be in good hands and well educated about your vehicles health when your car is serviced at our 1 stop auto and body Repair facility in Wheat Ridge.
To schedule a vehicle maintenance check call Nichols at 303-421-1414.
Nichols Auto Repair Shop Mechanics are ASE certified and service Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Lakewood, Golden, Westminster and other Surrounding Denver Metro Locations.
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