How Does Power Steering Affect My Vehicle's Handling?

Power steering is used in almost all modern vehicles today, including cars, trucks, and SUVs. The power steering system allows for easier control when parking, driving at low speeds, and is great for drivers who aren't as steady at the wheel. 

What is the power steering system? This is a system that helps you easily turn your vehicle's wheels using hydraulic or electric power. Think of this system has a helpful push, because otherwise steering would require much more effort from the driver. 

The power steering system is typically hydraulic, and is set up with a sensor that detects force, a pump that helps to create the hydraulic pressure in the system, valves that move the high-pressure fluid, and actuators which actually help to turn the wheels. 

The power steering system is a tricky one, because it is designed to give you better control without being too sensitive. The goal is to not affect your vehicle's handling too much so that the direction of your vehicle is always in your hands. The actually effect of the power steering system depends on the type of car you drive, and what the manufacturer emphasized in terms of road feel or ease of driving. Some luxury cars have super sensitive steering while other standard vehicles may have a harder feeling steering wheel, but are easier to control for the regular driver. 

There also tends to be a dead spot when it comes to power steering, which just refers to the small amount that you can turn the wheel while your vehicle is traveling straight and it doesn't move. Also, you may have handling difficulties if the power steering system happens to fail altogether. If it has failed, you will find it much more difficult to actually steer your car. You will still be able to steer, but it will require much more effort. Typically a leak in the system can cause this failure, and should be taken care of as soon as possible to minimize damage. 

Power steering fluid should be inspected regularly in order to maintain a working system at all times. If you suspect that you need a power steering repair or service completed, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the experts here at German Motorworks today!

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