Why Did My Power Steering Stop Working?
Power Steering Systems use hydraulic pressure to assist the driver when making turns. This pressure is created through the use of pumps and hydraulic fluids. Most causes of Power Steering Failure can be traced to problems with the fluid or the pump.
Like Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid lubricates, cools, and creates hydraulic pressure which helps to steer the vehicle. Power Steering Fluid should be checked regularly because over time, the Power Steering Fluid loses its viscosity. If the fluid smells burnt or appears brown or black instead of bright red or clear yellow, it needs to be replaced and the Power Steering System should also be checked for wear.
This 2001 Nissan Frontier came in for its first Power Steering Service: this Pick-Up had never had one in 18 years! The fluid looked like light brown mud and the Power Steering Pump Failed because the fluid could not lubricate or cool the Power Steering.
If it’s been awhile since your Power Steering Fluid has been checked, please stop in and let us check it for you. We offer a 2 Year/24,000 Mile Warranty and treat every car we work on as if it were our own. Our goal is to keep you safe and on the road.