Service to a vehicle’s power steering system is a vital part of preventive maintenance for bright Lawrenceville car owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your truck’s wheels would have to come from you.
The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer trucks have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost.
Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system.
Lawrenceville auto owners should remember that fluid levels in the power steering system should be checked at every oil change. Low fluid levels can damage the pump, which can be expensive to repair. Low fluid levels may also indicate a leaky hose in the power steering system, so it is a good idea to inspect the hoses, especially if your fluid levels are low.
Power steering fluid breaks down over time, losing its effectiveness. It also gradually collects moisture, which can lead to corrosion in the steering system. So the fluid needs to be replaced occasionally. You should check with your owner’s manual or ask your courteous Gunter Automotive Inc. service specialist to learn how often this fluid should be replaced.
When your fluid is replaced, your courteous Gunter Automotive Inc. service professional will remove the old fluid and replace it with new. Power steering fluids are not all created equal; the fluid has to be compatible with your hoses and seals. Your Gunter Automotive Inc. service advisor can ensure that you get the right fluid for your vehicle, or you can consult your owner’s manual.
Signs that your power steering system is in trouble can include the following: a steering wheel that is hard to turn, auxiliary steering power that cuts in and out, or a whining sound coming from the pump. Also, Lawrenceville auto owners who are not topping off the power steering fluid on schedule may hear squealing coming from the engine belts.
To protect your steering system should never hold the steering wheel in the far right or far left position for more than a few seconds at a time. This can wear out your pump in a hurry.
Preventive maintenance for your steering system primarily involves the power steering components, but your steering system has other parts that can wear out or be damaged by rough GA driving conditions. Such parts include the ball-joint, idler arm, steering gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod. Signs that they are in need of attention include play in the steering wheel, a vehicle that wanders, uneven tire wear and a steering wheel that is off-center. Lawrenceville motorists should have their alignment checked annually. This check-up can reveal bent or damaged steering components.
For answers to other questions about your steering system, or for auto advice on any type of vehicle maintenance, check with the team at Gunter Automotive Inc.. We can steer you in the right direction when it comes to quality car care.
553 John Connor Court
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Effective Friday April 24, Gunter Automotive will continue to operate regular business hours. Our waiting area and walk in office will be open to the general public. We ask that our customers call ahead for scheduling and we will try our best to control the amount of traffic in the office and continue to use safe social distancing practices.
Our night drop box and after hours pick up box will still be available to those that are more comfortable using that service and or those medically fragile. We can do payment by phone and place your keys in one of our sanitized lockers as needed.
Our technicians will continue to take proper measures to protect themselves and you.
Please do not hesitate to call to make appointments and ask questions, we are here. We appreciate your continued business through these very uncertain times. Call us – 770-962-1380
We ask that you do not let these practices hinder you from doing business with us. We can work together and we will make this as convenient as possible for you and your family.
As a note, we do have our right side gate locked to control through traffic as well.
We are here Monday-Friday 8:30-6:00.