Steer Clear of Power Steering Problems (Power Steering Maintenance)
We usually take our vehicle’s easy steering for granted until something goes wrong. Power steering is what makes it almost effortless to turn the steering wheel, aiming your vehicle in the direction you want to go. Without the assistance of power from the engine, steering would be a laborious process, so you want to make sure the system is working well.
Power steering systems are usually one of two types, hydraulic and electric. The hydraulic type uses a pump that is driven by either a belt or an electric motor. This system uses hydraulic fluid to create pressure that gives your steering the power assist. Since that pump is always working, time and distance traveled eventually take their toll, and these systems need to be periodically inspected. Also, while that hydraulic fluid can last for years, it should be replaced periodically as it degrades over time. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual contains the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Your friendly Lube Town technician will let you know when you are due for a power steering fluid service. Remember no appointment is ever needed and we have the service completed while you wait.