Steering is one of the things we Portland drivers take for granted in our vehicles. Let's break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle.
Most drivers in Portland, CT, who are under 40 have never driven a vehicle without power steering. Most vehicles in CT today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles in CT have an electric pump. Some Portland vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.
The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. Portland drivers can postpone that day by having a power steering service at Hometown Garage from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Hometown Garage service advisor for the recommended change interval.
What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything Portland drivers can do to maintain them? Yes. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your friendly and knowledgeable Hometown Garage will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out: things like loose steering and uneven tire wear.
Worn parts can be replaced to get Portland drivers back on the road. Now, sometimes parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. It's important to take care of these problems early on. If Portland drivers neglect them, the damaged parts stress other attached components which starts a chain reaction of damage.
Steering maintenance is pretty straightforward for Portland drivers: Replace power steering fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. That'll save you money in the long run.