Stay Headed In The Right Direction, LAKE FOREST

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Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in LAKE FOREST, CA these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that’s driven by a belt powered by the engine.

Contact the automotive professionals at West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST for questions about your power steering.

The pump generates power that assists car owners as they steer their minivan around LAKE FOREST, CA. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it’s a good idea to have your LAKE FOREST technician inspect them at every oil change.

A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at West Coast Rovers because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it’s essential to use the correct type –just ask your service specialist at West Coast Rovers.

In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Over time, the lubricants and detergents diminish so LAKE FOREST motorists need to replace their old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Excess moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well. That can lead to rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid. Many vehicle manufacturers outline power steering service intervals in the owner’s manual. Unfortunately, this essential service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule. For LAKE FOREST motorists who are not sure, every two years is a good rule of thumb.

At West Coast Rovers, we use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid.

Now, if you are experiencing high steering effort, erratic power assist, loud whining coming from the pump you may have a power steering problem. Another sign for LAKE FOREST motorists is having to frequently top off the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out real fast. AutoNetTV wants you to be sure to service your power steering system regularly at your service center or West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST to keep you headed in the right direction.

West Coast Rovers
22552 Muirlands Blvd.
LAKE FOREST, CA 92630
(800) 614-3878

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