The Steering System
The Steering System enables you to steer your vehicle in the desired direction. Wheatland Automotive works on all seven pieces of the Steering system:
- Power Steering Fluid Resevoir and Pump
Function - the reservoir holds the power steering fluid while the pump delivers the fluid to the system's gear valve assembly in order to reduce steering effort.
Signs of Wear - Resevoir: evidence of fluid leakage. Pump: difficult low-speed steering, whining noise when turning steering wheel, steering wheel shaking, pump housing leakage.
- Rack and Pinion Steering Assembly
Function - a long, steer bar that is meshed with the pinion gear and connected to the tie rods that turn the front wheels.
Signs of Wear - loose steering wheel, steering wheel vibrating, ususual noises.
- Pitman Arm
Function - connects the steering gear and steering linkage.
Signs of Wear - wandering and excessive steering with little directional change.
- Tie Rod End
Function - transfers motion from the steering linkage to the wheel hub assembly.
Signs of Wear - rough steering, play in steering wheel, inner tire wear, outer tire wear.
- Drag Link/Center Link
Function - controls left and right linkage movement which changes wheel direction.
Signs of Wear - excessive steering motion with little directional change.
- Idler Arm
Function - serves as a pivot point to the steering linkage assembly.
Signs of Wear - irregular tire wear, such as feathering or scrubbing.
- Itegral Steering Gear
Function - tuses a recirculating ball gearbox along with a pitman arm to steer the vehicle to the left or right.
Signs of Wear - sloppy steering feel, reduced steering responsiveness.
- Power Steering Hose
Function - carries pressurised fluid from the power steering pump to the steering assembly in order to turn the wheels to the left or right.
Signs of Wear - worn or leaking hose, difficult steering, loss of power steering.
There at two basic types of steering systems: a rack-and-pinion system and a conventional/integral steering gear system, also known as "recirculating ball." Wheatland Automotive works on both.
Service and Maintenance
Bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive if your vehicle experience:
Unusual noise from steering wheel
A shaking steering wheel
Unusual smell in car
Heavy or unresponsive steering at low speeds or during parking lot maneuvers
Every safe driver relies on a properly functioning steering system. Check yours today.
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