How does steering work?
Your car’s power steering uses a hydraulic system to amplify the small effort you put into turning your steering wheel to enough power to turn your vehicle’s wheels. The steering wheel is attached to a steering shaft, which goes down towards the front axle. A circular gear is at the other end of the steering shaft, which is called the “pinion.” The pinion interlocks with the rack, which is a straight gear that connects to the steering arms of your car’s wheels through tie rods. When you turn your steering wheel, the pinion rotates, which causes the rack to move either left or right, and your wheels move accordingly.
Another key component of a power steering system is the power steering pump, which is responsible for pressurizing the power steering fluid before delivering it to the cylinder in the rack and pinion unit. The power steering fluid is stored in depressurized form within the power steering reservoir, and only when needed does the power steering pump pressurize the fluid and deliver it to assist in steering.
How do I know my vehicle needs steering repair?
The following are symptoms of steering problems:
- The steering wheel is very stiff.
A stiff steering wheel could mean your vehicle’s fluid levels are low, but if this is not the case, then there is a problem with your steering system.
- The steering wheel is loose.
This is usually caused by worn steering racks and tie rods. A loose steering wheel could also indicate a problem with wheel alignment.
- You hear whining or grinding noises.
If you hear noises when you turn your steering wheel, there is probably a loose or torn steering belt.
- Your vehicle wanders or pulls to one side.
This often indicates an issue with a worn steering gear. Premature steering gear wear can be caused by lack of lubrication from power steering fluid, so you should also check for any power steering leaks when replacing a worn steering gear.
- The steering wheel slips when you attempt to turn it.
When contaminants build up in the steering system, it can cause the steering wheel to vibrate or ‘pulsate’ when the wheel is turned fully in one direction or another. A power steering flush will normally fix this problem.
If you are experiencing one or more of these issues with your vehicle, you can bring it to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers today.
Your Trusted Shop for Steering Repair
If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center for steering repair. Our technicians are highly skilled in all things auto repair, and are continuously trained on the latest automotive technology. Here are some reasons why you should choose us as your trusted auto repair shop:
- We maintain the highest standards of the automotive service profession.
- We provide a system for fair settlement of customer complaints, should they occur.
- We perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts.
- We cover Parts and Labor on Qualifying Repairs and Services for 24 Months/24,000 Miles.
Don’t hesitate to bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.