Power steering is what lets us steer the car with ease; to enjoy the grace of a smooth turn or a gentle drift as we change lanes. Driving without power steering would make us feel what it’s really like to maneuver a two ton vehicle without assistance. The power steering system helps you to turn the wheels using hydraulic, HPS (high pressure steering) or EPS (electric power steering). The year your car was produced may determine which system you’re using. At Trustworthy Auto Service we are equipped to service either system whether it’s adding more steering fluid, a complete fluid flush or anything more complex.
Is My Power Steering Going Out?
There are a few signs to tell if your power steering is starting to fail. The most obvious one is that it will become more difficult to turn your car. You may also notice that your car tends to wander or seems looser than before. You will need to have your car checked if it has any of the following problems:
Stiff steering wheel
Steering wheel is slow to respond
A whining or grinding noise when turning the wheel
Steering wheel shakes
Brown or pink fluid leaking from under the car
What If My Power Steering Fails While Driving
If you’re unfortunate enough to have your power steering fail while driving the best thing to do is to remain calm. You can still drive your car but it will be more difficult. Turn on your hazard lights to notify others drivers that there is an issue with your car. Gradually slow down your car. You don’t want to hit the brakes hard because you have less control without power steering. Pull off to the side of the road; you’re going to have to put some muscle into it. Call for help once you’re clear of traffic and in a safe place.