What Is Power Steering And How Does It Work?


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For car owners, power steering is an absolute must. It makes driving easier and safer. And also provides extra control when maneuvering tight corners or reversing into a space. But what exactly is power steering and how does it work? Let’s look at the basics of power steering, its benefits, and why it's essential for any car owner.


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What Is Power Steering?

Power steering is a system that uses hydraulic pressure to aid in the turning of a vehicle’s wheels. This pressure is generated by a pump that is powered by the engine. Which then forces fluid through hoses to the steering gear assembly. This assembly turns the wheels in response to driver input from the steering wheel. In essence, power steering makes turning your car much easier than it would be otherwise. Without power steering, drivers would have to put considerable effort into turning their car at low speeds. And even more effort at higher speeds. With power steering turning a car in becomes easier regardless of speed.


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What Are The Benefits of Power Steering?

The primary benefit of power steering is improved maneuverability. Particularly when turning at low speeds or negotiating tight spaces. Cars with power-assisted systems are generally safer and more stable on highways than those without them. Power-assisted systems need less physical effort from drivers than manual systems do. They can reduce fatigue experienced behind the wheel. This makes long trips more comfortable for drivers who must turn their vehicle throughout their journey.


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All cars need some kind of system for controlling the direction in which they travel. Whether that's manual or assisted. Having access to a reliable power-assisted system improves safety and comfort behind the wheel.  If you have questions about your car’s power steering system, don't hesitate to reach out to us here at Lou's Car Care! Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have!


Lou's Car Care is the right choice for all your power steering and auto maintenance needs. Proudly serving Baldwinsville, NY, and surrounding communities since 1976.Call us or schedule your appointment online today!




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