Power steering and your car: Toyota Service Tips

What is power steering, and what happens when it unexpectedly cuts out? Both of these questions are good ones to ask yourself before you get behind the wheel. Remember, part of being a responsible driver is being proactive and knowing how to handle emergency situations BEFORE they actually occur. That's where our Orlando Toyota Service Center comes in - our Toyota techs have all the answers you need to anything and everything service related! 

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Toyota of Orlando explains power steering in your vehicle 

Power steering is a component in your car that helps you steer the vehicle (that's how our Orlando Toyota Service techs explained it as simply as they could). Without it, it's incredibly hard to turn or maneuver your car, so this feature is standard on almost every single new vehicle on the road. Basically, it uses a hydraulic system to maneuver the wheels of your car and lessen the effort that it takes to steer! There are two main types - rack and pinion, and recirculating ball. Both are utilized, but the rack and pinion system is a lot more common in today's vehicles, like our Orlando Toyota vehicles! 

So what happens if this particular mechanism in your car fails? Our Toyota Service Center in Orlando has all the info you need on how to react should this emergency occur. Let's get started! 
  • The first thing to do is be aware of your vehicle! According to our Toyota Service techs, if you hear noises when you turn the steering wheel that sound out of character - like a shrieking or groaning noise - your power steering might be experiencing problems. You should also be mindful of how it feels when you're turning the wheel - if it feels more difficult to turn than normal, your power steering might be about to go out. You should bring it to our Orlando Toyota Service Center and have our techs check it out before the problem gets more expensive or dangerous! 
  • Also check under your car. If you see a puddle of pink, amber, or red fluid underneath your vehicle then you may have a power steering fluid leak, so let our Toyota Service techs check it out for you to ensure everything is working as it should. 

Power steering fluid leak

Our Orlando Toyota Service Center can help you in an emergency! 

What happens if your power steering all of a sudden goes out on you? Our Orlando Toyota Service technicians have tips for that, too! You should: 
  • Take your foot off of the gas and press the brake pedal. Loss of power steering may mean you have to press the brakes harder than normal, but you shouldn't slam on them (this can cause you to skid out, especially if the roads are wet). You can also downshift if you drive a manual car to help slow your vehicle. 
  • Move off to the side of the road and turn your flashers on before putting your car into park. You can try and drive the car to our Toyota Service Center, but turning will be much more difficult and your braking may be affected. It's probably smarter to call a tow truck to bring it into our Toyota Service techs to have them take a look at it and remedy the problem! 
A good way to prevent this situation from occurring is to regularly check your power steering fluid and make sure there aren't any leaks in the system? and the best way to do this is to have the Toyota of Orlando Service Center check it out for you! Whenever you come in to visit us, even if it's just for routine auto maintenance, our techs will check out your car from bumper to bumper? for free! Give us a call today to set it up at (866) 945-0493, and don't forget to ask about our service specials for even more savings! 

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