Q: What happens if the power steering system stops working?

asked by on December 14, 2015

What happens if the power steering system stops working?

The power steering system in your car is not “essential”, but it sure does help. If you’ve never driven a car without power steering, count yourself lucky. Just turning the wheel was a chore. The power steering system in your car is hydraulic (fluid operated), and relies on a drive belt on the engine to work the pump. If the pump stops working, the fluid level drops too low or if the belt breaks, the system won’t work. You will have manual steering capabilities, but the steering wheel will require much more effort to turn, particularly at low speeds. If this happens, have your car inspected immediately.

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