What is power steering? Arguably, one of the best innovations in vehicles since the wheel! Vehicles have not always been equipped with power steering. In fact, this improvement has only been around for about 50 years or so and in the beginning, was only used in luxury vehicles. Through the years, however, this modern-day application has gradually been implemented into all vehicles and has improved greatly since its inception.
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.
Over time, dirt, and debris along with weakened power steering components, may contaminate power steering fluid. That’s why it’s important to have the power steering fluid flushed every 30,000 miles. Avoiding this service, could cause the pump to work harder and wear out prematurely. This helps the power steering components last longer, 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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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant