Power steering systems play a very important part in modern car designs. Power steering has been around for decades and the technology continues to evolve. Many of today's vehicles use a very advanced electronic power steering system as opposed to the traditional hydraulic mechanics that use power steering fluid to create pressure and provide lubrication.
Electronic power steering systems don't really require much in terms of maintenance. However, as newer technology with more complex components, they can be prone to problems that will require repairs. Meanwhile, traditional power steering systems do require maintenance and care, primarily when it comes to changing out the power steering fluid when it becomes old, dirty or corroded. Without fresh fluid, the system won't operate efficiently and mechanical problems can develop.
It's good to know what to look for in case you do have a power steering issue. Here are 4 common power steering problems according to the Northern Delaware auto repair experts at Fox Run Auto:
1. Screeching When You Turn the Car On
This kind of sound is usually associated with a slipping or damaged belt. It could be a fan belt or timing belt, but it might also be the belt within your power steering system. If you hear the sound (or if it gets louder) when you make sharp turns, that's a good indication that it's a power steering issue.
2. Slow Steering Response
If you turn your steering wheel and it seems like the car isn't turning like it should, that is definitely a sign that there is a power steering problem worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. It may also feel like the wheel is loose because there is such a delayed response between when you turn it and when the vehicle's wheels actually turn.
3. Trouble Turning the Wheel
If the wheel seems really hard to turn or is inflexible at all while you are trying to steer, there is likely something wrong within the power steering system. It may just need fresh fluid or it could be something mechanical (or both). Either way, it's dangerous to drive if your power steering isn't working correctly, so you'll want to get it fixed as soon as possible.
4. Groaning or Moaning While Turning
Where as the screeching sound in #1 might indicate a loose or damaged belt, a significant moaning or groaning noise when you make a turn is a clear sign of a power steering problem. It could be a failing power steering pump, a fluid issue or something else that you'll want to get inspected and repaired.
If you notice any of these power steering issues or anything else that doesn't feel or sound right in your car, bring it to the auto repair specialists at Fox Run Auto in Bear, DE. You may just be due for a standard power steering service or there may be more significant power steering repairs needed. We'll let you know exactly what's wrong and what it will take to fix it.
Call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.