Since the early 1950s, power steering has become the standard for most makes and models. Before power steering was invented, drivers had to put a lot more effort into turning the wheel in order to steer their vehicle.
The major benefit of power steering is the ease of operation – the augmented steering decreases the amount of effort needed to turn the steering wheel. But sometimes the operation can be interrupted by common problems. To keep you going in the right direction, here is Trick Trucks’ guide to identifying if your vehicle has a power steering problem.
Changes In Steeling Wheel Flexibility
Vehicles with power steering can easily turn corners and maneuver in the tightest of spaces. As time goes on, a driver will become accustomed to the way their vehicle drives, meaning how much effort is needed to turn the wheel.
If you notice a sudden change in how your steering wheel operates, such as stiffness or inflexibility, this is a telltale sign of a power steering problem.
Decreased Response Time
With power steering, the vehicle should respond immediately to the driver. The vehicle should turn the moment the driver moves the steering wheel. If there is any hesitation in movement, this indicates an issue with the power steering.
The newer makes and models are not designed to work without power steering, so it is very important to get this problem fixed as soon as possible to avoid injury and accidents.
Unfamiliar Bad Sounds
Whining noises are usually heard when turning the vehicle. Squealing noises occur when the vehicle first starts. Both bad sounds indicate common problems with power steering.
A whining noise can be a result of two things: a leak in the steering or low fluid.
The fluid flows throughout the system to provide the necessary pressure and power to move the vehicle’s tires. If there is a leak or low fluid, the system will not be lubricated enough to function effectively or smoothly.
If you notice a squealing noise when you first start your ignition, this can suggest a problem within the system. A noise coming from the hood of your vehicle could indicate a dysfunctional steering pump. A faculty pump will cause the belt to slip, resulting in a squealing sound.
Additionally, groaning noises are never a good sign, but can be caused by a variety of different reasons. Low power steering fluid, air trapped in the system, leaks, or a steering belt can all result in noises that suggest a steering problem.
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