Virtually all vehicles come with power steering. Many Washington DC motorists have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your late model vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.
This power assist comes in a couple of forms.
- Electric. In recent years, a lot of Washington DC vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve fuel efficiency.
- Hydraulic. This is the kind most older Washington DC vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering.
What should drivers know about power steering systems?
Of course, Washington DC drivers need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it’s too low your steering is affected and you could damage your late model vehicle pump.
Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors; leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Metro Motor in Washington DC includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.
A word for Washington DC car owners about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the late model vehicle components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Metro Motor as advised to avoid undue repairs.
Losing your power steering while driving in Washington DC can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it’ll just be harder. Check with your helpful Metro Motor service professional to see if it’s time to service your late model vehicle power steering system.
In addition to power steering service, at Metro Motor we offer comprehensive automotive services including brake repair, transmission repair and cooling system service.
Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.