Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Ottsville, Pennsylvania these days. Contact us at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair for questions about your power steering. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine- a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes pressurized fluid from the pump to the steering gear, while a low-pressure hose returns the fluid back to the fluid pump.

Fluid level is on the checklist for an oil change because if a hose breaks, the leak will lower the level of fluid in the pump, which causes damage to the pump. The fluid can also break down over time, so it needs to be replaced every 25,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. Cunningham’s Automotive Repair will flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid.

Here are some warning signs when there is a problem with your power steering:

  • Harder to turn the wheel
  • Power steering doesn’t always work
  • Loud whining noise from the pump
  • Fluid needs to be added frequently
  • Belts are squealing

If you don’t get your steering fixed right away, other problems may develop. Warning signs of these additional problems include:

  • Play in the vehicle’s steering
  • Wandering of the vehicle
  • Uneven wear on tires
  • Off-center steering wheel

To prevent power steering problems, do not keep the wheel turned to the far right or left for more than a few seconds, get a fluid change regularly and often to ensure fluid levels are proper, and pay attention to the sounds your engine makes- they can usually tell you when something isn’t right!

Our services for power steering include:

  • Tie Rod
  • Inner Tie Rod
  • Pitman Arm
  • Idler Arm
  • Center Link
  • Drag Link
  • Power Steering Pump
  • Power Steering Hose
  • Steering Column
  • Steering Wheel
  • Hydroboost
  • Intermediate Shaft
  • Steering Knuckle
  • Tie Rod End
  • Power Steering Fluid Flush

You can call us at 610-847-6006 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today!