What Do I Do When My Power Steering Goes Out?
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Is your steering wheel suddenly MUCH more difficult to turn than usual? Odds are your vehicle’s steering functionality has been compromised. Most likely due to an issue with your power steering system.
Don’t panic. If this occurs while you’re driving your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and pull over immediately. Try shutting the vehicle off and back on. If your steering does not return to normal, have it towed to your local mechanic. If it does return to normal, you can try driving it there yourself. Either way, it will need to be addressed. Remember, a problem with your vehicle’s steering functionality is a potential threat to your safety and needs to be remedied ASAP.
It’s possible that your vehicle has simply run out of power steering fluid, due to a leak or because it hasn’t been replaced recently. The simplest way to make sure that your steering system is in good health is to have the fluid changed on a regular basis. This simple act of preventative maintenance can save you from some much more complicated, and potentially dangerous, complications.
The more serious possibilities include contaminated fluid, which can cause further damage; or the power steering pump itself has failed. Both of these possibilities increase in likelihood as your vehicle gets older.
The best way to prevent any of these problems is to practice regular preventative maintenance. Set up a maintenance plan with your trusted auto repair shop and stick to it! Also, know your vehicle and its warning signs. If there is a puddle of pink or amber liquid under your vehicle after it sits for an extended period, it’s probably the power steering fluid. If you hear loud groaning sounds when you steer, it’s a key indicator that your hydraulic system is giving out.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, or you just want some help setting up your own preventative maintenance plan, give us a call today: 503-253-1747. We will get your vehicle back in working order with a plan to keep it that way! Remember, don’t get roadside assistance, get roadside prevention.
Written on Monday, April 30, 2018 by