November 1, 2018
Power steering fluid is essential to keep your car running smoothly. Without ample fluid, the power steering system can fail and after failure, it can become damaged, which can lead to disaster down the line. If you can’t find your power steering fluid receptacle, you can bring it into one of our shops. We’d be more than happy to help you. However, you should know that not all vehicles have hydraulic power steering systems.
Electrical Power Steering Systems
Some vehicles have an electrical power steering system and some of these systems don’t actually take power steering fluid. The nice thing about these systems is that you don’t have to worry about the fluid levels. Electric power steering systems operate using fuses and though they don’t require fluid, they can blow like any other fuse.
If you suspect that one of your fuses has blown, bring your car into our shop and we’ll get it sorted out for you.
Power Steering Fluid and You
If you know for a fact that your car takes power steering fluid, then you’ll want to find the power steering reservoir. It is usually located near or on the engine and will have a black cap. You can test the level of the fluid by using a dipstick or by gauging the level against the “min” “max” detailing on the reservoir. Your fluid levels should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum levels to operate. Do not overfill the reservoir.
If your fluid levels look good, but you’re still having trouble with your power steering system, then you will definitely need the help of a mechanic to help you.
Common Power Steering Problem Symptoms
Most drivers notice issues with their power steering when their steering wheel becomes difficult to turn. This is one of the most noticeable symptoms. However, you may also have issues if you notice that you need to refill the reservoir of power steering fluid more often than you should. This could indicate a leak within the system.
You may also notice whining or squealing when turning your vehicle at low speeds. This can mean that your power steering system is in need of attention. If you feel your steering wheel vibrating aggressively while the car is not in motion, the problem could lie with the power steering belt.
Get Rolling with Hillmuth!
Are you having problems with your power steering system? Hillmuth Auto Care can help you. Our ASE-certified mechanics will take a look at your vehicle and make sure that when you pick it up, it’s safe to drive.