The steering wheel of any vehicle plays an important role. It lets you maneuver your vehicle safely to wherever you need it to go. When your car's steering wheel tightens or locks up, it can present many hazards. If it fails to respond, you're left with leaving your safety at stake. Plus, neglecting a troubled steering wheel can cause damage to other car components. Let's take a look at which power steering components can contribute to a stiff steering wheel.
Low or Compromised Power Steering Fluid
If the power steering fluid gets too low, old, or dirty, it will increase the rigidness of your steering wheel. This is due to the fact that your steering components aren't getting enough lubrication. In some cases, you may need a top off or a complete flush altogether.
Malfunctioning Steering Rack
The steering rack is made up of a rack and pinion. Steering can become challenging when this rack wears out. However, it may only feel stiff when you start driving and loosen up as you continue to operate your car. The only way to be sure is to get an expert's evalutation.
Faulty Power Steering Pump
The power steering pump has a major job; it is there to create pressure for smooth steering. When this part gets worn, you can still turn and steer. However, it will take much more force to do so. The slower you drive, the more difficult it will be to turn your car.
Aging Serpentine Belt
The serpentine belt is responsible for powering many parts of the car, including the power steering system. This rubbery belt can become cracked and damaged over time. To be safe, you should have this belt checked at every service appointment so that you can better anticipate its replacement.
If you are having trouble steering your car, please look no further than Parker Tire & Alignment for help. Our experienced technicians will gladly inspect your power steering components and recommend adequate repairs. Please give us a call or visit soon!