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Steering Problems

 

Don't wait for your steering to fail!

Take notice of the early signs (see below for a basic guide) of a faulty power steering system and get it checked out and the problem areas repaired.


This will not only help keep you and your passengers safe, but can also help to save you money. Here are some common power steering problems and their causes:

  1. Heavy Steering. Possible cause #1 -a damaged or loose power steering belt. Possible Cause #2 - an internal leak in your power steering rack or steering rack external leakage.
  2. Noise. Possible cause - if you are experiencing a squealing noise then the steering fluid level and the pump belt should be checked.
  3. Dirty Fluid. Possible cause - contamination of power steering fluid. Dirty fluid means contamination of the system; a new pump and rack may be needed if swift action is not taken.
  4. Steering Pump Failure. A few symptoms - noise, excessive revs needed for power steering assistance, steering heavy (common to both left and right sides).

 

 

Common Rack Faults

Leakage of fluid from gaiters/boots

Leakage from input shaft seal

Steering is 'noisy' or there is a knocking noise

Excessive 'play' in the steering rack, for example in the bushes or the tie rods

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