What’s Power Steering and How Does it Work?

December 16th, 2016 by

2017 Chevy Impala Interior

Power steering is standard in most modern cars, and it’s essential to provide the best driving experience possible. Unfortunately, your power steering system can develop problems or simply require service with age. Here at Chevrolet of Homewood, we provide expert maintenance and service for power steering issues, and we’re also happy to help you understand your power steering system and how to spot problems before they become serious.

What is Power Steering?

Power steering helps drivers steer a car and turn the wheels by augmenting steering with either hydraulic or electric actuators. Most importantly, this allows you to turn the wheels of the car when the vehicle is stopped or moving slowly. Without power steering it would be virtually impossible to turn the steering wheel when the car was stopped.

What Problems Can Power Steering Systems Develop?

As a power steering system ages, it can require maintenance just like any other part of the car. It should be regularly inspected by a professional to make sure no issues are developing, but sometimes you may have to diagnose a power steering problem yourself. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Check the power steering fluid. If your car has low fluid, then the power steering system will not work properly. This could also indicate that there’s a leak in the power steering system that will need to be addressed.
  • Check beneath your car for leaks. If you spot any puddles or stains under the car, or in a spot where you park often, then you might have an issue with your power steering.
  • Does your car handle differently? If it does, you almost certainly have some kind of steering issue. It could be alignment, or it could be a flat tire, or it could be an issue with your power steering.

The easiest way to address potentially dangerous power steering issues is to have the experts at Chevrolet of Homewood examine your vehicle. You can schedule service online now and we can promise that we’ll find out what’s going on with your power steering system and fix it in no time.

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

Here at Chevrolet of Homewood, we’re proud to provide drivers in the Chicagoland and Calumet City area with expert maintenance and repair. Visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL for any service or maintenance need.

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