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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 valve) creates the pressure, but the system needs a way to monitor the amount of pressure at all times. This is done by the power steering pressure switch.

Your car’s power steering pressure switch monitors the amount of pressure in the system, and communicates that information to the car’s computer. If it notices a drop in pressure, the car’s computer may turn on a warning light in the dash. The switch also plays a role in regulating pressure, as the information it relays can be used to modulate pressure if it becomes too high (which could damage the hoses, pump or rack).

The power steering pressure switch is electronic, but it is also exposed directly to caustic power steering fluid. Over time, the combination of exposure to chemicals and high temperatures can make the switch fail. When this happens, you may experience a number of different symptoms, ranging from a loss of power steering assist to the Power Steering Light coming on in the dash.

There is no expected lifespan for the pressure switch, and it is active any time the ignition is turned on. While you will still have manual steering capabilities if the switch fails, there are other potential problems that could arise. It’s important to know a few of the signs and symptoms that might indicate a failing or failed pressures switch. These include:

  • Power Steering Light on in the dash
  • Loss of power steering assist
  • Intermittent power steering assist
  • Leaking power steering fluid from behind the pressure switch (gasket failure)

If you experience any of these problems, it’s important to have the issue diagnosed and repaired. A certified mechanic can inspect the vehicle switch and make any needed repairs or replacements to power steering pressure switch if necessary.


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Jonathan

21 years of experience
304 reviews
Jonathan
21 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Power Steering Pressure Switch - Denver, Colorado
Jonathan is an awesome dude. Helped replace the power steering switch on my 08 Ford F150.

Michael

37 years of experience
103 reviews
Michael
37 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser - Power Steering Pressure Switch Replacement - Whittier, California
Michael is always such a wonderful mechanic. I have had him do repairs on my PT Cruiser many times. He is always on time, and very professional. He explains all the technical stuff and does every thing in a timely and clean fashion. I would recommend Michael B. to anyone. I love that he comes to my house ready to work and with a smile on his face. He has a lot of integrity and knows his business well.

Angel

27 years of experience
118 reviews
Angel
27 years of experience
Dodge Neon - Power Steering Pressure Switch - Scottsdale, Arizona
Angel is great he fixed my car quickly and saved me a ton of money. Do yourself a favor and book Angel the next time you need any service done on you car.

James

20 years of experience
51 reviews
James
20 years of experience
Nissan Quest - Power Steering Pressure Switch - Plano, Texas
James was very nice and straight forward. Unfortunately the repair needed to be rescheduled because a specific tool was needed. He sat there and called the office himself to clear the issue. Top notch guy.

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