Modern cars are designed to give comfort and pleasure to the driver. The power steering feature of the modern cars was meant to add to this. The pinion shaft and steering rack are the most sophisticated and widely used, it interprets turning of the steering wheels into a directional shift of the car tire using the pinion shaft and the steering rack. The rack and pinion shafts are designed in a metal case that is surrounded by seals and when the seals are worn out, the steering fluids leaks. Causes of leakage too include contaminated steering fluid.
It is recommended that a periodic check and change of the power steering fluid should be conducted.
Signs of bad or worn rack and pinion include
- Leaked of the fluid on the floor under the gearbox
- Had steering turning
- Clunking noise when steering
- Lose steering.
Another cause of steering faults could be the
- THE POWER STEERING PUMP: the power steering pump is a unique system that work with the hydraulic to ease the steering mechanism. When steering, the valves lets out greatly pressurized hydraulic fluid into the steering mechanism. This gives a fast, easy and efficient strength to the steering. Another problematic part of the power steering is the power steering pump screen. The screen is a component of the pump that filters the fluid before it gets to the steering gear.
- HOSES: the hydraulic power steering pump has two hoses. The first hose is highly pressurized hydraulic pipe that conveys highly pressurized fluid from the pump to the steering system while the low pressured fluid takes the fluid away from the steering gear. Whatever the duty, this hoses wear out and might be broken. Besides where out, wrong type of fluid could constitute a course for broken hoses that’s why consulting your car operation manual for advice on the right power steering fluid for you car is recommended
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