TLC Auto Care, Royal Oak, Michigan.  Auto Repair
||

Your Neighborhood Full Service Repair Facility

Locally Owned & Operated

We Build Customers For Life!

We Service All Makes & Models

Custom Exhaust

Car Care Tips

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in Royal Oak



Today we're going to talk about power steering service in Royal Oak. If you took an informal poll around Royal Oak you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Royal Oak aren't aware that it needs periodic service.

If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a vehicle without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.

Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown Royal Oak. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels: to get enough leverage to steer.

Most vehicles in Royal Oak have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid. This actuates a hydraulic cylinder that provides power to help steer.

Some vehicles in Royal Oak use an electric pump to pressurize the fluid rather than a belt driven pump. We're also seeing vehicles with electric motors providing the power assist, not using power steering fluid at all. We'll see a lot more electric systems as more hybrids and electric vehicles hit the market.

At least for now, the vast majority of power steering systems use power steering fluid that needs to be serviced. The fluid needs to be changed for a couple of reasons. For one, it attracts moisture. Water has different hydraulic qualities than power steering fluid, and that makes a difference in steering performance. Water is also corrosive and can damage power steering components. The fluid also just gets dirty and needs to be changed. Removing the old fluid and flushing out the system gets rid of dirt and deposits. The clean, fresh fluid lubricates and provides better corrosion protection.

So ask your Royal Oak service advisor at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires or check your owner's manual to see when power steering service is recommended. It'll extend the life of your power steering components.

TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires
1735 N Main St
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
248-541-8300
http://www.tlcautocareroyaloak.com

Latest Posts

Categories

Air Conditioning
Alignment
Automotive News
Battery
Brakes
Cabin Air Filter
Cooling System
Dashboard
Diagnostics
Differential Service
Drive Train
Emergency Items
Engine Air Filter
Exhaust
Fluids
Fuel Economy
Fuel System
Inspection
Keys to a long lasting vehicle
Maintenance
Monitoring System
none
Older Vehicles
Parts
Safety
Service Intervals
Service Standards
Shocks & Struts
Steering
Suspension
Timing Belt
Tires and Wheels
Transmission
Windshield Wipers

Archives

December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015