Englewood Heading in the Right Direction: Power Steering

Power Steering System Aspen Auto Clinic 122012

Power steering is pretty standard now on every car, truck and SUV in the South Denver Colorado areas these days.  Now there are even some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the heart of the power steering system is a pump.  This pump is driven by a belt that is powered by the engine.

The power steering pump generates boost that helps you as you steer your pick up truck around Englewood, CO.  Power steering systems all use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth.  Hoses can develop leaks.  It’s always a good idea to inspect them every time you have your oil changed.  This inspection is always included with an oil change at Aspen Auto Clinic.  Our ASE Certified Technicians perform a courtesy visual inspection with every oil change!

The power steering fluid level is also checked during an oil change service at Aspen Auto Clinic along with other fluid levels.  Low power steering fluid can damage the power steering pump.  The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so you need to use the correct type of fluid.  Just ask your Service Advisor at Aspen Auto Clinic and he or she will be happy to give you detailed information about your specific vehicle.

In addition to providing boost, the power steering fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the power steering system.  The lubricants and detergents are depleted over time so you will need to replace your old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well and can result in rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid.  Many manufacturers recommend power steering service intervals in your owner’s manual.  This important service is sometimes unfortunately left off the maintenance schedule.  If you are not sure when to have this service performed, every two years is a good rule to follow.

Your local south Denver area Aspen Auto Clinic will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with clean, fresh fluid.

If you are experiencing difficulty steering, erratic power assist, loud whining coming from the pump, you may have a power steering problem.  Another symptom of a power steering issue is if you have to frequently top of the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out real fast.  Aspen Auto Clinic wants you to be sure to have your power steering system serviced regularly to keep you headed in the right direction in Colorado.