At Abbott automotive repair in Tulsa, we specialize in power steering systems, along with other automotive repairs.
Our power steering systems will help effectively remove accumulated residues that reside in the system from over time. Along with the residue, unwanted and worn-out fluid and debris will be flushed out as well. What should you do if you’re noticing something is wrong with your power steering system? You’ll be able to tell through the drive belts, hoses and different connections throughout the machine.
The power steering system is the main component in your vehicle. It will eventually fail at points, and you will want to notice the failures before everything breaks down.
First, you will want to check the fluid of the power system. One of the common reasons for the system to fail is due from the lack of fluid. The lack of fluid could be from a leak or an irregular use of the fluid within the system. One big indicator from a leak of fluid can be inspected underneath your car after it’s been sitting for a while. If your automotive is experiencing leaks from underneath, we can assist and get that fixed.
Inspecting your vehicle
Next step you’ll want to accomplish is an inspection on the power steering system’s hoses and lines. What exactly should you be checking for? You will want to look for hoses that are loose, hard, stiff or spongy. If they are displaying any of these characteristics, you will want to replace all of them. Since all of the hoses are made of the same materials, having one defected hose can lead to having them all break or fail.
Checking for loose belts can help save your power steering system pump to slip under pressure. You can easily check the belts by turning on the engine while someone else listens for any noise coming from the pump. An indicating noise will sound screechy and loud. This typically indicates that you will need to adjust or align the belt back to its position.
Looking at assembly
The next step you will want to look at is the steering assembly. If you’re gaining positive feedback from the fluid and belts, you’ll want to follow up with the weird and unusual noises you’re hearing. There might be loose or worn parts in the steering assembly. In order to check out the assembly, it’s best to jack the front of the car up and have a partner turn the wheel. The parts surrounding your vehicle’s wheels will typically be an indicator for a replacement or repair.
If everything seems to be okay, the final check is the rack and pinion’s seals. These two items might be leaking the fluid from your vehicle and causing you the noise. Simply replacing this will solve it.
Following these steps to help examine the power steering system should help with breaking down in the middle of the road. Always keep an eye on changes in your car!