5 common power steering problems & tips to avoid

01/02/2020

Posted by: Oluwaseun Adeniji

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This is the most common sign of a power steering failure. When you have problem turning your steering wheel or case of it being stiff, it may be due to several reason such as insufficient fluid in the power steering or issue of alignment.

It is a catastrophic experience if you encounter power steering failure while at top speed. Despite the immense benefits of having a power steering, you should know that just like every other component in your car, it can fail but mostly gives sign before it leads to disaster. Power steering technology is an improvement on the rigid steering system common in old vehicles. Power steering comes with elegance and unquantifiable ease of moving our wheels to directions of our choice. Here you will know the problems or symptoms your power steering will give you indicating a possible case of failure on Naijauto – your No.1 automobile portal in Nigeria.

Common signs of power steering failure

 

1. Disturbing noise

When you hear disturbing noise in your steering wheel while driving is a bad sign test, you should take action on common sounds such as squealing and whining when you decide to turn or driving your car of minimal speed. It is also possible when you hear clucking noise in your car engine when you power on.  These noises should warn you to fix the steering pump to avoid disaster.

2. Vibrations

You should check your drive belt test put required tension on the steering pump. Your car is most likely to vibrate when you are pulling it at halt. You can also attribute this symptom to loosen or damaged drive belt. When you neglect this problem, you end up losing your steering pump. Do not hesitate to do monthly check on your drive belt for any case of tension or crack.

>>> You may want to check: 6 possible causes of car shakes when accelerating

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Several signs in the power steering indicate specific problems

3. Difficulties in turning wheels

This is the most common sign of a power steering failure. When you have problem turning your steering wheel or case of it being stiff, it may be due to several reason such as insufficient fluid in the power steering or issue of alignment. This is why you may need a professional hand here to take a look at your steering wheel and diagnose the problem.

4. Insufficient fluid

There is possibility of leakages in your power steering system; this will definitely cause a drop in the expected and needed fluid level in steering wheel. This will make the power steering pump to fail and produces annoying noise too. Checking for red puddled and a smell common with leaked fluid when you park your car is a step in avoiding power steering failure. You will definitely see leaks on the floor when you check underneath of your car.   

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Always check the fluid in your power steering to avoid failure

5. Strong smell in steering wheel fluid

Red colored fluid present in your car is a sign of a good power steering system. It has a strong smell and oxidizes fluid usually appear dark grey because it is due or old. It sometimes appears foamy when water or air is mixed with the fluid.

Safety tips to avoid power steering problems

Your safety is very much important, that is why you need to always put your maximum effort at getting your car safety to the side of the road. While making effort at turning your wheel since the steering has foiled or stiff, you should endeavor to avoid accident to put minimum effort or stress on the braking system in your car to avoid losing gap of your car.

Do not forget to alert the incoming vehicles especially cars behind you by putting on your hazard warning light to avoid collision. Finally catastrophic circumstance can be prevented as a result of failed power steering if only you observe and pay attention to symptoms or warning sign of a power steering failure.

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>>> Check more safety tips and car maintenance advice on Naijauto.com!

Oluwaseun Adeniji

Oluwaseun Adeniji

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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