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How to Check the 5 Essential Fluids in Your Car
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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Car want start unless boosted, alternator good and battery good, while boosted the car crank in the key off position.
You should request a starter circuit diagnostic to get this resolved. If you want to attempt to diagnose it yourself, first perform a load test on the battery just to be sure that the battery is not an issue. If...
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Is there a difference in power steering pumps for a 2003 2500hd and 2500 p/u with the duramax
According to the AC Delco catalog, the OEM (original) pump used in the 2500 is A/C Delco part number 15909826. The OEM (original) pump used in the 2500HD is part number 15909827. Although there also "appears" to be a generic...
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Hi Chris!! How often does my car need power steering, brake, coolant
The timing belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. The engine coolant and the brake fluid should be exchanged every 45,000 miles. The manual transmission fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles. With regard to power steering fluid, like most...
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What do i do if i put brake fluid in the power steering?
The fluids are incompatible and brake fluid could damage the pump and rack. If you haven't driven the car yet, or even turned it on, drain the reservoir by removing one of the lines from the bottom. Thoroughly and repeatedly...
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How much is a power steering flush and change for a 2009 Honda Civic?
Honda does not specify any service interval for power steering fluid for your specific vehicle and consequently it is not "required" to change the power steering fluid. That is fairly typical (i.e., no specific service requirement). However, it is nevertheless...
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I lost power steering while driving.
There is some fault causing the vehicle to disable power steering and the problem may have been reset when you cycled the vehicles power. It sounds like it only happened one time, but you should still have the vehicle checked...
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I noticed oil leaking under my car and followed it back to my power steering...im not a mechanic and stuff like this is mildly for
If you suspect that power steering fluid is leaking, please request a leak diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will pinpoint the leak, estimate the repair and commence the repair right away if you desire. Leaks on these systems can...
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my car has theissue that it often lose power steering suddenly while turning.nothing leaks but there's clunky noice when turning
The only way to determine if the collision caused damage is to carefully MEASURE the alignment and, as well, the frame dimensions using a tram. If those steps have not been specifically taken, what the mechanics have told you about...
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The power steering fluid leaks from my car very quickly.
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2014 hyundai elantra se Electric power steering light turned on. How much will it cost to get it fixed?
Hi...I will try to address your concerns and, as well, obviously you can request an electric power steering diagnostic which will get you a really quick and precise answer as to cost because the mechanic will be able to diagnose...
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What does it mean if you power steering light comes on and I can turn or drive right for a few seconds then goes off?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The power steering system needs to be inspected. Even if the light turns off, the issue may reoccur soon. The system is electronic as opposed to the standard hydraulic system used in older and...
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The power steering pump seal keeps breaking when pump is replaced.
There may be a restriction in the power steering high pressure line causing an excessively high amount of pressure in the line and the pump. If the belt tensioner for the power steering belt is a manual tensioner that can...
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I have a 99 Toyota 4-runner 3.4l v6 and have replaced the power steering pump twice in the past 3 days the last one I put on has n
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing we need to do is find out why the power steering pump is not working. There are two main functions we need to be concerned with, the electrical input to the...
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The EPS indicator came on when I started my 2007 Honda Fit.
Yes, you should. There may be a problem with something as simple as a position sensor or there can be an intermittent fault from the electronic motor that give you the power steering assist. The warning like came on and...
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I have a 2002 Chrysler 300m that had been sitting up for a year. I replaced the rack and pinion but when backing up steering is hard.
Hi there. The issue with the steering being hard seems to be with the pump still having air in it. Start the engine and open the bleed valve slightly. Turn the steering wheel several times from left to right and...
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I have a 2002 Chrysler 300m that had been sitting up for a year. I replaced the rack and pinion but when backing up steering is hard. Plus I have a P0740 code.
Hi there. The issue with the steering being hard seems to be with the pump still having air in it. Start the engine and open the bleed valve slightly. Turn the steering wheel several times from left to right and...
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Can a steering wheel lock up because there is a problem with the battery or alternator
Hello Sharon, thanks for writing in. The power steering can and absolutely will go out if the alternator or battery fails while driving. Lets break it down. The alternator is powered off of the engine, and it then supplies the...
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Air noise when I turn steering wheel 2003 Chrysler Sebring
Hello - the "air noise" or hissing you hear when turning the steering wheel is probably due to a low fluid level in your power steering system. If the fluid level gets low enough, power assist may be lost or...
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My wheel is almost impossible to turn and I can not drive the car because of it .
You should check the power steering fluid to see if the fluid leaked out from a leak. If fluid is low then refill reservoir and start and turn wheel back and forth slow to see if steering gets better and...
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Why would my steering wheel lock up and my engine stop accelerating in my 2003 Ford Escape
Hello. The cause really depends on the order in which the issue is occurring. Most of the time what occurs is that the engine begins to stall or does stall. When this occurs the power steering pump stops spinning which...

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