Steering

Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Your steering wheel is the part of the steering system that is handled by you, the driver, while the rest of your vehicle’s steering system responds to your driving.

Steering System Repair and Maintenance in Lake Havasu City

If you think your vehicle fits one of the symptoms listed above, come to Britton’s Auto Truck & RV Center to have your steering system inspected and repaired. Our ASE certified mechanics will help decide the best course of action for your vehicle. Britton’s Auto Truck & RV Center will check your tire pressure for free. Feel free to Schedule an appointment with Britton’s Auto Truck & RV Center at your convenience.

Common Steering Wheel Symptoms

Symptom: Slipping – Steering wheel feels like it’s slipping

While turning the wheel or holding it in a turning position, your steering wheel feels like it’s slipping back and forth

Power Steering Fluid may be Low – Add fluid as needed.
Power Steering Belt may be Loose or Worn – Tighten or replace.
Power Steering Pump may have gone Bad – Have it check for pressure, and replace the pump as needed.
Power Steering Rack may be Leaking – Inspect for leaks and replace as needed.
Steering Rack Mount may be Broken – Inspect for excessive wear and repair/replace rack mount as needed.

Symptom: Vibrations

Steering wheel vibrates while traveling a constant speed, especially on the highway

Wheels may be Out of Balance – may need to be re-balanced
Tires are Worn too much or are Uneven – Come to True Line Auto Center to have your tires replaced.
Wheel Bolts may be Loose – Check wheel lugs for looseness, tighten as needed
Brake rotor may be warped – inspect brake discs, replace as needed

Symptom: Wandering

Steering is loose and wanders from side to side

Power Steering fluid may be low – check fluid and replenish as needed
Strut bearings may be worn – inspect strut bearings and replace in pairs
Steering rack or tie rods may be worn or broken – inspect steering rack or tie rods, replace as needed
Ball Joints may be worn – inspect and replace as needed.
Steering rack mounts may be broken – inspect and repair or replace. This component can be fixed in some cars, but others may require replaceing the entire steering rack.

Symptom: Hard to steer

Your steering wheel is hard to turn, most noticeably while moving at a slow speed

Power Steering Fluid may be Low – Add more as needed
Power Steering Belt may be Loose or Worn – Tighten or replace.
Power Steering Pump may have gone Bad due to Wear – Have it check for pressure, replace as needed.
Power Steering Rack may be Leaking – Inspect steering rack for leaks, and replace as needed.

Symptom: Loud screeching

Steering has a loud screechning noise when steering at low speeds, for example, parking speeds.

Power steering fluid may be low – add more as needed
Power steering belt may be loose – adjust and tighten as needed
Power steering belt may be worn – replace and adjust power steering belt
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