Leaking o-rings, seals, and impurities in the system can be a costly repair that may have Power Steering Solutions as an afterthought. By offering a full range of Power Steering Solutions to ensure your clients are safe when they get behind the wheel, K.T. Automotive is ready to help you drive results for you and your team.
There are two types of common power steering systems – Electronic and Hydraulic. The most common power steering system used on today’s automobiles is Hydraulic. These systems use a pump that is driven by a drive belt. Hydraulic pressure is applied to the steering gear which reduces the amount of effort to turn the steering wheel. These systems use valves that direct the flow of the liquid and keep the pressure regulated at higher engine speeds. There is also a pressure relief valve that prevents excessive pressure from being built up when the wheels are turned all the way to the stops.
- Leaks – unfortunately, over time those seals and hoses can start leaking causing loss of power steering fluid. This can result in overheating and premature wearing of components eventually leading to complete power steering system failure. One of the primary reasons for seal and hose leaks is degradation due to contaminated fluid.
- Contaminated Fluid – this occurs when pump wear and hoses deteriorate, or moisture gets into the system. Failure of the power steering system can result when friction is increased, lubrication properties are reduced, and orifices within the power steering system are restricted.
- Low Fluid Levels – reduces the amount of hydraulic pressure within the power steering system resulting in hard steering and noise. Low fluid levels also create inadequate lubrication and high fluid temperature which increase pump wear. Premature component failure is possible if not corrected.
- Worn/Broken Belt – hydraulic power steering systems use a belt to turn a pulley on the pump to create hydraulic pressure. Worn belts can start slipping which reduces hydraulic pressure causing erratic steering effort. A broken belt will cause immediate loss of power steering assistance.
- Worn Pump – internal seals and components eventually start to wear and lead to loss of power steering fluid pressure. Noise levels and steering effort increase as fluid pressure drops and eventually complete power string system failure occurs.
A complete power steering system service breaks down and removes varnish and sludge deposits. The deposits are removed from the system with the old fluid and new fluid is introduced to the system resulting in:
- Smoother steering
- Less steering resistance
- Quieter operation (no squealing)
- Reduced component wear
- Reduced fluid leaks
- Increased fluid life