There are a number of perks we take for granted in driving new cars like computer systems, access to wifi, anti-lock brakes and even power steering. It used to be much more difficult to steer a vehicle. The power steering system was invented in 1926, but it took over 40 years to become standard in most cars. Power steering repair costs can be a simple matter of adding fluid for around $10 to $20, or the costs can be $200 or more depending on a wide variety of factors.
Power steering is key to the drivability and safety of your car. It is important to make sure it is in good working order because if the system fails, you will lose the dependability provided by the steering system. If you are in need of power steering repair, visit your nearest Earnhardt Lexus for our experts to determine the issue and allow them to repair it to get you back on the road quickly. Schedule an appointment with your Earnhardt Lexus certified mechanic.
The following are issues that can lead to problems with power steering. As you can see, some failures can be more destructive than others. Some of these issues may happen slowly while others may happen over night. No matter what the cause, the quicker you head them off, the more time and money you will save on repair.
Belt Issues - You have an engine-powered pump for power steering which is connected to your engine. Any corrosion, stretching or fraying can cause the system to fail. It is important to have the power steering belt checked during our scheduled maintenance to assess wear and tear.
Pump Damage - The power steering pump is the workhorse of the system and it is used each time you drive. Over time it can wear out leading to steering pump repair costs. Wearing a pump out early can be caused by turning your wheel too far to the right or left on a regular basis. If you begin to hear sounds when you turn the wheel, it may be time for power steering repair.
Power Steering Fluid Purity - The power steering system uses hydraulics to move the liquid within the system. The system will not work if the fluid is contaminated. This will erode fittings, clog the system and possibly cause it to fail.The power steering fluid should be replaced as needed after a visual inspection by our technicians who will also know what power steering fluid is best for your luxury car.
Fluid Amount - The other key factor for the steering fluid is having the proper amount. Too much fluid leads to possible collapse of your seals and valves. If it has too little fluid, the system won't have what it needs to work. You should definitely be watching for fluid leaks. It is important for the fluid to be checked each time you visit us for scheduled maintenance.
Rough Roads - Power steering is built to handle typical road conditions like bumps, potholes and other issues. The system can become worn if you do a lot of off-road driving for which your car was not built, forcing it under stress which can lead to breaking components like your pump or belts.
These maintenance visits may keep you from having to have the power steering pump replaced. If you are concerned about power steering repair costs, we invite you to Dare to Compare us to the competition.
During scheduled maintenance visits, your hoses and pressure for the power steering system will be checked. There are high pressure and low pressure hoses which can have possible leaks. Our experts will also check your steering fluid as they change your oil and check on other fluids like brake and coolant. Having our technicians keep an eye on the power steering system will head off problems early and can save you money.
A luxury car like Lexus is built to run smoothly and safely. As its owner you want to be aware of all of your systems especially when a warning light comes on while driving. It is important to keep your general maintenance check ups at your local Earnhardt Lexus. We look forward to talking with you and to schedule your maintenance appointment today!