Steering Maintenance - Power Steering
When thinking about preventative maintenance, steering is probably the last thing on your mind. Your power steering was built to last, but it needs to be serviced every once in a while. If you are unsure about when your power steering needs to be checked out, you can schedule a service at most service departments, like the one at Tim’s Truck Capital.
Your steering is made up of two different parts. These parts are the power steering and the parts that actually steer your car. Taking care of both of these components can prolong the life of your steering. In most modern vehicles, power steering is run by a hydraulic power steering pump that gives your steering that little extra something that helps you steer. The pump is usually powered by the serpentine belt in your engine. Some newer vehicles have an electric pump or an electric motor that powers the steering. Knowing what runs your power steering can help you determine when you should have maintenance done.
Whenever you schedule a power steering service, your technician will drain all of the old fluid from your pump. This gets rid of any water or contaminants that can damage your power steering. The service technician will then replace the old fluid with fresh fluid. This service prolongs the life of your power steering and keeps everything running smoothly.
Your mechanical steering parts will usually be checked whenever you get a standard service like an oil change. Your service technician will usually lube your steering parts and check for damage. You can look for signs that your parts are wearing out. Loose steering and uneven tire wear are two big signs that you need to have your steering parts checked.
If you are unsure about the current state of your steering, visit a service department to have it checked out. Tim’s Truck Capital has a great service department ready to help you with anything you need. For more information about the services we offer, check out our website.
Tim’s Truck Capital
904 Suncook Valley Hwy
Epsom, NH 03234