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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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Shaun

8 years of experience
542 reviews
Shaun
8 years of experience
Nissan Maxima - Power Steering Pressure Switch - Scottsdale, Arizona
Shaun worked efficiently to get the work done. Totally professional and pleasant on the job.

Richard

14 years of experience
77 reviews
Richard
14 years of experience
Ford Focus - Power Steering Pressure Switch - San Diego, California
Showed up on time was very friendly and polite. Found the problem, went and got the part and fixed the all issues. Great experience. Came to my home no problems or mess. What an outstanding guy, great work. Highly recommend his services. The end cost was quite a bit below what I was quoted. Now that is a first

Joshua

13 years of experience
26 reviews
Joshua
13 years of experience
Nissan Maxima - Power Steering Pressure Switch - Sun City, Arizona
Had him come out twice, right on time both times. Professional, honest, and did the work that was needed quick.

Angel

26 years of experience
117 reviews
Angel
26 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.

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