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Why Is my Power Steering not working?

What is Power Steering?

The Power Steering system of your car makes turning your car easy. If you have ever driven a classic car without power steering, you understand how hard it use to be. Also, without power steering, you use to have to accelerate to turn, like a Jet ski.

Where is Power Steering located?

The Power steering system is a part of a larger system, it goes from your steering wheel all the way to your tires. Long story short, that means to look under the front of your car for leaking. Sometimes there is a warning light that will go on if you are having an issue, but not always.

These are signs that your power steering is going bad or is bad:

  1. Low on power steering fluid- this shows when turning gets harder to do. Also, it may start whining.
  2. Power steering pump or motor went bad- this is evident when you strain to turn your steering wheel or sound like high-pitched screaming
  3. Serpentine belt broken- The car may stall (combined with the other signs), battery light may come on. May hear squealing or slapping sounds.
  4. Clog in the system- Power steering may work intermittently. Power steering will work better at higher speeds.

5. Leak- Puddle under the front of the car, also may smell a burning smell

  1. Rack and pinion internal failure- feel ‘skippy’ or the wheel may feel stuck, and may also make clunking noises.

We recommend getting your car checked as soon as you notice an issue. 

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