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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Maintain Your Power Steering System

Maintain Your Power Steering System

Although several newer vehicles are coming equipped with electric power steering, the vast majority of cars and trucks on the road use a hydraulic power boost system.  With hydraulics, fluid is pressurized by a pump which actuates a hydraulic cylinder to reduce steering effort.  Some of these pumps are powered by an electric motor.  Most pumps are powered by the serpentine belt driven by the engine. Power steering fluid provides power assistance and protects components from rust and corrosion.  Manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule.  The old fluid is drained, and the system cleaned thoroughly.  Fresh fluid is then installed. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how important it is to service their power steering, or even that it should be done at all.  A neglected power steering system can develop leaks and the pump won’t last as long. Signs that you may be having problems with your power steering system in ... read more

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