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Checking your oil and adding engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are essential for maintaining your car.
How Long Does a Pitman Arm Shaft Seal Last?
Your car’s Pitman arm is a crucial component of the steering system. It connects the gearbox to the steering linkage, and effectively translates the rotational movement of the steering wheel...
How Long Does a Power Steering Pump Last?
In a hydraulic power steering system, which is what the vast majority of cars on the road today use, fluid must be pumped through a series of lines and hoses to...
How Long Does a Power Steering Belt Last?
Your car needs more than just the engine and transmission to operate. It needs the alternator to supply electricity while the engine’s running. You need the air conditioner to provide cool...
How Long Does a Power Steering Input Shaft Seal Last?
To maneuver your car, the steering wheel connects to a steering shaft, which runs through the dash and then down to the gearbox where it also joins the power...
How Long Does a Power Steering Pressure Switch Last?
In order to operate properly, your car’s power steering system needs to maintain the right amount of pressure at all times. The pressure control valve (also called a flow control...
How Long Does a Power Steering Pump Pulley Last?
In a hydraulic power steering system, which is what the vast majority of cars on the road today use, fluid must be pumped through a series of lines and hoses...
How Long Does a Power Steering Hose Last?
Chances are good that your car’s power steering system is hydraulic – most of them are. Electronic power steering (EPS) is becoming more common, and older, manual style systems are still...
How to Flush Your Power Steering System
Modern cars are equipped with power steering which helps the driver easily steer the car by turning the wheel gently. Older cars do not have power steering and you...
What Does the Steering System Warning Light Mean?
The steering system warning light lets you know when there is an issue with the power steering system, and will be disabled until fixed.
How to Replace a Power Steering Pressure Switch
Cars with a hydraulic power steering systems use a power steering pressure switch for hydraulic efficiency. A sign of failure is sluggish steering.
How to Replace a Power Steering Fluid Reservoir
A few signs of a faulty power steering fluid reservoir include the smell of power steering fluid burning and a whining noise while turning.
How to Replace a Power Steering Pump
Power steering pumps are faulty when there is a smell of burning power steering fluid or there are unusual noises coming from the pump.
How to Replace a Steering Gear Adjuster Plug
Maintaining reliable steering is important for every driver. A common sign of a faulty steering gear adjuster plug is a loose steering wheel.
How to Replace a Power Steering Input Shaft Seal
A faulty power steering input shaft seal can cause hydraulic fluid to leak from the power steering input shaft and cause the system to overheat.
How to Replace a Power Steering Belt
Common signs of a failing power steering belt include a squealing noise and visible cracks, cuts, or nicks on the serpentine or drive belt.
How to Replace a Power Steering Pump Pulley
A power steering pump pulley helps you turn the steering wheel with ease. If broken, it should be replaced to ensure a seamless drive on the road.
How to Replace a Power Steering Control Valve
Some common signs of a failing power steering control valve include a power steering fluid leak or the smell of burning power steering fluid.
How to Replace a Power Steering Control Unit
Signs of a failing power steering control unit include an illuminated EPS (Electric Power Steering) Warning Light or difficulty steering the vehicle.
How to Check Your Power Steering Fluid Level
Power steering fluid pressurizes the power steering system. The type of power steering fluid differs between cars and the level must be maintained.

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I have a 05 Honda accord Ex and I have troubles with my power steering becoming stiff when I have low rpms? is it a PS pump proble
If the power steering is hard only at low rpms then you may have a weak power steering pump pressure or the rack and pinion is bypassing too much fluid and not using full pressure to turn the wheels. You...
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Power steering noise after pressure hose replaced
Anytime you blow out a major power steering hose you may have damaged the pump from lack of lubrication but also when work to replace the hose is done the system will get trapped air in the system fluid and...
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There's a clank sound in axel area, car won't start suddenly, and power steering fluid seems to spin more than usual.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having several issues at once. You want to start by addressing the starting problem, as it is the most likely to cause issues with other systems in the car. Start...
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I think I have a power steering leak
You will need to use a spray engine cleaner to remove all the oil from the engine where it is leaking and then look at the area while someone starts engine and turns the wheel to see if you can...
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Wobbly Power steering pully part 2
The only suggestion on the pulley is to go to the dealer and see if it was ever sold separate from pump? It may not be available separately. Remove belt and turn the pulley by hand and watch pump shaft...
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One of the rack and pinion boot is wet, but the power steering fluid container is to the normal level.
If the boot is getting wet but is not actively leaking or show drips then the leaks is considered only a residue leak and may not need to have any work needed. For the noise you did not mention the...
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Car start but steering wheel won't turn
Two things come to mind. It could be that your steering lock has malfunctioned, in which case the steering wheel will feel very rigid, or it might be that the power steering is not working, in which case the steering...
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I think I have power steering pump problem bcos car make some little noise just recently few days ago however is running fine
You should have the power steering checked to see if fluid is low and make sure you are using only approved Mercedes fluid or you can damage the power steering components. I would not recommend replacing the pump until the...
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Steering is Stiff
The power steering fluid may have been overfilled and fluid is getting on the power steering belt causing it to slip. Check belt to see if it is wet with fluid? If it is then check power steering fluid to...
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Audi repairs may be more than cost of the car
This can be a tough question. Without knowing the details, I can't be terribly helpful. But the thing to do here is to prioritize. Do all these things need to be fixed right now? Some workshops do a big up-sell...
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I hit a animal with my car , I suddenly couldn't steer anymore and fluid was leaking out my car
I'm guessing that the impact damaged a power steering return line. The return line is a low pressure line that takes the fluid back from the steering rack to the reservoir. Once the fluid leaked out you no longer had...
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Ha an alignment.. 04 pt cruiser still pulls to the right hard
If the alignment has not enough positive caster it will not return to center as it should or if you have a binding rack and pinion or tie rod ends it will also cause the same problem. If alignment is...
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How does eps work in a 2013 Dodge ram 1500? I replaced rack and pinion and still don't have power steering?
Hello. This system works with several inputs including vehicle speed and the steering angle sensor. If you are not getting any power assist then the system needs to be scanned for codes and the inputs checked to see what is...
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My 2002 Nissan Altima seems to have a power steering fluid leak somewhere. I am constantly having to add fluid, and have noticed t
Hello, thank you for writing in. You are on the right track. The power steering pump is a very common place to develop leaks. Hoses, lines, the rack, and the gear box are also common places you will find a...
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My car makes noises when I make a turn
If you did not get all the air out of the system or fluid leaks then you may be low on fluid. You should also make sure you used Honda approved fluid type. If it is not low or incorrect...
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I have a 1999 Chevy surburban the tires appear to be good but when I turn a hard left or right it seems to rattle and move slower
A shudder when turning all the way one direction or the other can be a result of low power steering fluid pressure. This can be caused by several different issues from a loose drive belt, to a bad pump, to...
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My power steering light came on and I checked the fluid (there was nothing in it). I added fluid and it still was hard to steer. S
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you have two issues with the power steering fluid at once, it would be very unfortunate. The lack of power steering fluid is cause for concern alone. If you are low or out,...
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2012 Ford Fusion power steering warning light illuminated
Your vehicle is equipped with electronic power steering (EPS). When a problem is detected in with ESP, the power steering warning light comes on. One common problem with your vehicle is a faulty power steering control module (PSCM). The PSCM...
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Do I need to replace the whole rack and Pinnon if I found the leak
If you found the leak and the rack and pinion is leaking then you will need to replace it due to most repairs require specialized tools and training to rebuild or repair steering rack and pinions. If it pressure hose...
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2007 jeep liberty. Noticed no a/c soon realized power steering loss. Battery light came on. Fluid all over engine bay. Need help
Check to see if the drive belt is intact. If it isn't that would explain the loss of power steering, AC and the battery light. If the belt is intact, then something must be locked up, preventing the other parts...

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