Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.
When your car's steering is acting up, you don't want to ignore or overlook this problem, as being able to easily and readily control a vehicle's steering is obviously very important for your safety, and the safety of everyone else on the road! You might avoid addressing a problem with the car's steering if you think repairs will be too expensive, but sometimes only a minor fix is needed to get your car under control once again. Even if a repair is a bit costly, this is an investment in safe driving, so note what you might be facing when it comes to the repairs needed for your car's steering.
Leaking power steering fluid is a common cause of trouble with a vehicle's steering, and you can check the steering fluid reservoir to note if levels are low. If so, this usually signals a leak in the system.
However, if the reservoir is full and there are no leaks in this system, the power steering pump might need replacing. This pump works to pump the fluid throughout the steering system, so if the pump is malfunctioning, the vehicle might have all the fluid it needs, but that fluid isn't getting pumped throughout the steering components! This pump also has a drive belt that is part of its operation; if this drive belt is slipping, it may need replacing, while the pump itself might be fine. A mechanic can check the pump and its belt to note their condition, and any need for replacement.
If your car is difficult to steer when you turn, this might be a problem with the suspension. The pieces that connect the car's wheels to the car's frame need to allow for smooth turning, so when they rust or aren't lubricated properly, the struts, tie rods, and other pieces connected to the wheels become stiff and difficult to control. A mechanic can check the ball joints of these pieces around the wheels, and note if they need lubrication or if they're worn and need replacing.
When the car's steering seems overly loose, meaning that the steering wheel turns far more than it should before the car actually turns, this is usually a problem with the mounting brackets. These brackets attach the steering column and its components to the frame of the car, and they can become loose over time, especially if they're rusted or damaged. A mechanic can note if these brackets need replacing or if the bolts connecting the steering column to the car frame need tightening or replacing.Share