What to know about the Power Steering Fluid Reservoir:
The power steering system allows you to turn the steering wheel simply. When the car is not running, it is extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel and the tires. When the car is running, it is the power steering system that aids you turn the steering wheel so easily.
The power steering system consists of: power steering pump, fluid, belt, hoses and steering gear (rack and pinion). The steering gear joins the steering wheel to the stub axles. When you turn the steering wheel, the power steering pump directs fluid to the steering gear that applies the pressure required to turn the tires.
If the power steering reservoir is low, the steering will become harder to operate. You may see fluid (power steering fluid) underneath your car.
Facts to Note:
You may have more than one vehicle part leaking. Your Mechanic will perform an inspection and advise you of the findings. The mechanic will recommend changing any visibly leaking parts and may also recommend that the engine be steam cleaned to better see any other leakage problems.
How to Fix:
Check for power steering fluid leak.
Change the reservoir if it is leaking.
Inspect for leaks again.
If you see fluid on the driveway, have a mechanic inspect for leaks as soon as conceivable. If you carry on driving the car with low power steering fluid, it can damage the pump.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Power Steering Fluid Reservoir:
Turning the steering wheel is hard.
Power steering fluid is dripping.
Groaning-like noise when you turn the steering wheel.
Importance of this service:
Your power steering system helps you turn the wheels of your car easily and efficiently. The system depends on pressure form steering fluid to help turn the wheels, and this fluid is kept in the steering fluid reservoir. When you turn your steering wheel, the power steering pump pulls fluid from the reservoir, and directs it to the rack and pinion steering gear, where the pressure from the fluid is used to help the wheels turn. Without this fluid, your steering is not power-assisted.
When the power steering fluid reservoir breaks, the system cannot hold the power steering fluid. When this happens, little or no fluid is sent to the wheels, negating the power steering system, and making it much tougher and more dangerous for you to turn your wheels.