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Power Steering Repair Service in Newport News, VA

The hefty steerings from the past required lots of effort to control the wheel in low-speed driving maneuvers. The advent of power steering systems has brought efficiency and ease to this task.

What does Power Steering do?

Power-assisted wheels make the steering motion more comfortable, requiring less physical effort with improved control and fuel efficiency. During parking or slow driving, it requires a greater number of turns to execute little movement output without a power steer. In a power-assisted steering wheel, much of the turning effort is done by hydraulic or electric energy, making it easier to steer in all conditions for the driver.

How does Power Steering work?

Power steering employs the energy produced by hydraulic pressure, electric power, or a combination of the two to assist in turning the steering wheel, making it more efficient and effortless. Hydraulic power steering systems are the most common and use the energy produced by pumping hydraulic fluid in a pressurized cylinder to drive the gear assembly of the power steer. Since the hydraulic fluid is the core of function, its low level of leakage can be detrimental to the steering system.

It is necessary to replace the hydraulic fluid regularly and check for any leakages, for which you can visit B&L Automotive in Newport News, VA. We are a NAPA AutoCare center that has remained family-owned since 1953. Our ASE certified mechanics provide quality power steering service and perform fluid flushes and refilling.

Why are Fluid Flushes Important?

With the passage of time and constant functioning, the hydraulic fluid eventually gets soiled or low, and its replacement becomes essential to prevent any extensive damage to the system. The dirty hydraulic fluid contains minuscule abrasive particles from rubber, metal, or plastic in the system. These contaminants can cause wear of the components in the power steering system if they keep circulating in the fluid. Flushing is the process of removing this old, contaminated hydraulic fluid and cleaning its remnants before refilling with new fluid to prevent the development of wear.

Signs of Issues in Power Steering System

These symptoms can indicate a problem in power steering:

  • Difficulty in turning the steering wheel
  • Looseness or vibration of the steering wheel
  • Screeching noise
  • Unresponsive steering wheel
  • Slipping of the steering wheel on holding or turning

If you encounter any of these signs, then don't make any delay in bringing your vehicle to B&L Automotive in Newport News, VA. We provide power steering services and other repairs using quality parts and also offer a 36 month/36,000-mile warranty on repairs. You can contact us through a call or schedule your visit using our online appointment form.