While some mechanical problems can go unnoticed, steering issues are usually very evident and will give you lots of warning. To help you stay safe on the road, here are some common steering issues to look out for and what they might mean.
Vibrations in the steering wheel
If you experience vibrations in your steering wheel when you turn your car fully in either direction, you may have an issue with its wheel alignment or power steering. This is often a result of a contaminants build-up in the system and may be fixed with a power steering flush. If the vibrations occur when you accelerate, the issue may be with faulty or worn tie rods. If left for too long the whole car will begin to vibrate.
Stiffness in steering wheel
If you experience a severe stiffness or difficulty turning your steering wheel, you could have an issue with your power steering or a leak in your steering pump or rack. If you are having difficulty steering, take your car into your local car mechanic as soon as possible.
Slipping steering wheel
If your steering wheel slips when you turn, you may have an issue with your power steering, faulty pumps, worn steering racks or loose steering belts. A slipping steering wheel can be incredibly dangerous (especially when you need to react quickly), so get it checked immediately.
Vehicle pulling to one side
If your car pulls to the right or left, even when your steering wheel is set straight, you may have a worn steering gear. This is usually a result of lack of lubrication due to low levels of power steering fluid. Make sure you get your car mechanic to check for any system leaks.
Screeching when turning
If you hear screeching sounds when you turn your wheel, you may have a loose or worn power steering belt (the belt that connects the power steering pump to the engine). These sounds are usually the result of low power steering fluid levels.
A healthy steering wheel is an essential for staying safe on the road, so if you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, give us a call. Based in South East Brisbane, our team of car mechanics can investigate any issues with our state-of-the-art computer diagnostic analysis.