What are some of the common reasons your power steering system may fail?
If you’ve ever driven an old car without power steering, then you already understand how much easier power steering makes driving. Power steering makes it easier to steer your vehicle, especially at low speeds when you’re turning around.
In the following article, we’re going to take a look at what some of the common causes of power steering failure is and the signs to look out for!
Common Causes of Power Steering System Damage
- Low Power Steering Fluid or Leaking Power Steering System
If your power steering fluid is low, your hydraulic power steering system won’t be able to work as effectively. Not only does it make steering harder, but it also puts undue strain on the entire system. Leaking, cracked, or damaged hoses and seals are the biggest causes of power steering fluid leaks.
- Broken Power Steering Belt
There is a belt that is connected to the crankshaft of the engine and the power steering pump. When your belt becomes worn, it can begin to slip or squeal. If it breaks, you’ll immediately notice how much harder it is to steer the car.
- Failing Power Steering Pump
If your power steering pump is failing, you may notice that it’s getting harder to steer your car and also noises coming from the pump. Hearing pump noises or notice any difficulty steering, but there’s no belt noise or power steering fluid leaks, then it could be a sign that your pump is beginning to fail. It’s always a good idea to have your pump looked at before it fails. The last thing you want is to be stranded somewhere with a broken power steering pump.
- Contaminated Power Steering Fluid
The lifeblood of your power steering system is the power steering fluid. It’s like the blood which keeps the heart pumping. If there is any contamination of your power steering fluid caused by a leak or moisture, then it can cause a variety of problems within the system.
- Electronic Power Steering Systems
EPS systems don’t rely on any fluid. Because of this, less maintenance is required. However, rough roads or sudden jolts such as potholes can cause damage to your EPS system.
When You Need A Tow
There you go! Everything you wanted to know about why your power steering system may fail. If you notice that your steering isn’t functioning correctly, or doesn’t feel right, then stop immediately and call for help. Regular professional maintenance is a great way to prevent complete power steering failure, but if you’re stranded, don’t hesitate to call Mountain Recovery.
If you have been involved in any automotive accident in Eagle County or Summit County, Colorado, on the interstate or highway, Mountain Recovery is only a phone call away at 970-476-1124. We operate 24/7, 365 days a year, to keep you moving and help get your vehicle back on the road.