By: David Opeyemi Shodunke
Power steering is a unique electronic-assist and/or hydraulic system that augment the physical maneuverability of the driver of a vehicle’s steering to afford convenience behind the steering wheel.
The introduction of Power Steering Technology some decades ago has tremendously transformed driving from the debilitating chore it once often was to a form of artistry that driving often can now be.
Like most systems in a modern automobile, regular maintenance or lack thereof will naturally instruct the quality of service the system provides over time.
What does power steering fluid do?
The fluid powers the hydraulic system responsible for turning the steering wheel. Fresh, clean fluid enables for easy turns and less straining during parallel parking.
When should an owner replace the power steering fluid in his/her car?
By the time you start to hear squealing when the wheel is turning or the wheels begin to turn in a jerky motion it is past time for a change.
Why does it need to be replaced?
Like most of the fluids in your car, power steering fluid breaks down from constant use. Once it begins to break down it leaves deposits in the components of your system. These deposits cause excessive wear and can result in expensive repairs when a major component fails.
What does the power steering fluid replacement service include?
Power Steering Pump
Trained mechanics inspect the system for leaks and damage prior to replacing your fluid. A special machine is used to force the old fluid out of the system, followed by a chemical flush to clean the power steering components. Once the old fluid and chemical cleaner is forced out of the system new fluid is added according to the manufacturer’s specifications.