Power steering assists in smooth and easy control of the vehicle. The power steering hydraulic pump generates pressure to assist in steering. Hydraulic pressure on the steering rack reduces the effort needed to turn the steering wheel.
Driving without power steering is harder than you may expect. Pay attention to signs that your power steering needs repair. Groaning or whining while turning, difficult steering, and power steering fluid leaks are indications your vehicle needs repair. If the power steering pump seizes, the serpentine belt can snap and require more extensive repairs. The technicians at Harrell’s Tire & Auto Service can diagnose and repair power steering issues as soon as you have difficulty.