Power Steering, Everything You Need to Know

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Power Steering, Everything You Need to Know

Power SteeringPower steering is one of the things we Littleton, Colorado drivers take for granted in our vehicles.

Let’s look at two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle.

Giving You the Power to Steer

In Littleton, most drivers under the age of 40 have never driven a vehicle without power steering.

In fact, most vehicles in Colorado today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides a boost to help you steer. This pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump. Some vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. Littleton drivers can postpone that day by having a power steering service here at Dakota Ridge Auto from time to time.

We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. One of our friendly, knowledgeable Dakota Ridge Auto service advisors will then set up regular change interval to keep your steering parts in great shape.

Power Steering Parts and Components

What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything Littleton drivers can do to maintain them?

Absolutely. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your friendly and knowledgeable Dakota Ridge Auto will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.

Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out: like loose steering and uneven tire wear.

Worn parts can be replaced to get Littleton drivers back on the road. Now, sometimes parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. It’s important to take care of these problems early on.

If Littleton drivers neglect them, the damaged parts stress other attached components, starting a chain reaction of damage.

Steering maintenance is pretty straightforward for Littleton drivers: Replace power steering fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. That’ll save you money in the long run.

Hey – we wouldn’t steer you wrong.

At Dakota Ridge Auto, we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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