Just like any other part of your routine maintenance schedule, taking care of your power steering prevents costly repairs and keeps your vehicle on the road for as long as possible. There are several parts of your power steering that need routine services, but the heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, which is what powers your steering. Most pumps require the help of a belt that is run by the engine, but a few run on electrical power. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.
The hoses in your power steering system can develop leaks; it is a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owners’ manual for the right type, or consult with your service technician at Loren’s Auto Repair.
The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Overtime, the fluid breaks down and becomes contaminated by moisture and debris. It is important to have it replaced at certain intervals. Manufacturers recommend having your fluid changed every 25 to 40 thousand miles, or every two years. At Loren’s Auto Repair service center in Kalispell, we will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid, and replace it new fluid. Power Steering Service Near Kalispell
If you start to notice that you have to struggle to turn your wheel, that the power steering is erratic, that you hear a loud whining sound that comes from the pump, or your hear a squealing sound in your belts, it is probably a good indication that you need to have your power steering inspected. Power Steering Service Near Kalispell
The ball-joint, idler-arm, steering gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod are just a few of the steering components that can become bent or damaged overtime. Some warning signs include wandering, uneven wear on your tire tread, and an off-center steering wheel. An annual alignment check at Loren’s Auto Repair will reveal bent or damaged steering components.
Most SUV’s, pick-ups and rear-wheel-drive cars need regular front-wheel-bearing service. The bearings need to be cleaned and inspected. If they are excessively worn, they will also need to be replaced. We also recommend having the wheel-seal replaced when you have your bearings serviced. Check your recommended maintenance schedule, which is included in your vehicle’s owner manual. Feel free to give us a call at Loren’s Auto Repair at 406-755-7757, or stop by for a visit at 1309 US Hwy 2 West, Kalispell, MT 59901.