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Steering is one of the most important parts of your vehicle, but most people take it for granted. If you’re under 40, you probably have never driven a car without power steering. There are two components that make up your steering. These parts are the power assist and the elements that steer your car.

Power steering can be powered a few different ways. The most common method of powering the power steering is a hydraulic power steering pump. This pump gives you that little extra something that helps you steer. The hydraulic power steering pump is usually run by the serpentine belt. Some newer vehicles have an electric pump that runs it instead. Other vehicles have an electric motor that powers the steering directly. When getting your steering repaired or maintained, knowing what kind of mechanism powers your power steering can help you. Scheduling a power steering services occasionally is important. The technician will empty the old fluid in your pump and replace it with fresh fluid. This gets rid of contaminants and water that can ruin the power steering parts.

The mechanical steering parts can easily be maintained. Most steering parts can be lubed to make them last longer. Your service technician will take care of these parts when you have a service like an oil change. Watching for signs that parts are wearing out is also wise so you can catch it before anything is seriously damaged. Things like uneven tire wear and loose steering are sure signs that you need to get your steering looked at.

Properly maintaining your vehicle can save you a lot of money in the long run. Taking care of your steering is just one of many things you can do to prevent long term damage. If you need to have a service completed, come see us at Formula Honda. We have a great service department ready to help you with anything you need. For more information, visit us online!