Did you know that fluid is the cheapest element of your power-steering system? Changing the fluid is very important, it can help prolong the life of other, more expensive power-steering elements! You should change your fluid as recommended based on what vehicle you own. If the liquid is not changed when recommended, the internal power-steering elements will deteriorate and will end up costing you more. Your vehicle’s manufacturer has integrated a power system which could be hydraulic, electric or electro-hydraulic system.
Let’s start from explaining what the power-steering actually is and what does it do?! The power steering helps you steer your car safely. In this article we’ll talk about the different kinds of systems. And we’ll also focus on the maintenance required between intervals, so you have enjoyable rides!
The most common system, the hydraulic system. For hydraulic systems, the hydraulic fluid is the one who transmits the power in the power steering. Inspecting it requires flushing or draining out the old liquid and adding new power steering liquid. Hydraulic systems have to be serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification with the right fluids specified to prolong and maintain your vehicle.
Electric systems are more complex, the electric system is using electric motors and cooling fans to assist you with the steering of your car. Occasionally, the motors and cooling fans fail because they wear out over time. Therefore the electric system requires inspection by a qualified technician and remediation to ensure it’s kept up and running smoothly.
Also known as the hybrid, uses the same system as the hydraulic technology, but the hydraulic pressure comes from an electric motor. This system is design for fuel economy by using the electric power instead of the power of the engine.
There are a couple signs to lookout for that will tell you it’s time to have your power-steering system inspected. If you ever hear noises such as whining or moaning when you turn the steering wheel, then you should definitely have your vehicle checked. This a a common sign for vehicles that have issues with the power-steering system. Another sign is leaking, if you notice any kind of leaking, immediately check your power-steering fluid level and make sure you keep it in good shape. Not doing those important steps and running out of fluid will damage the pump.
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