SteeringOct 15th, 2015
Steering is one of the things we Gainesville drivers take for granted in our vehicles. Let's break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle.
Most drivers in Gainesville, FL, who are under 40 have never driven a vehicle without power steering. Most vehicles in FL today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles in FL have an electric pump. Some Gainesville vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.
The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. Gainesville drivers can postpone that day by having a power steering service at Jerry's A/C & Auto Repair from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Jerry's A/C & Auto Repair service advisor for the recommended change interval.
What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything Gainesville drivers can do to maintain them? Yes. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your friendly and knowledgeable Jerry's A/C & Auto Repair will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out: things like loose steering and uneven tire wear.
Worn parts can be replaced to get Gainesville drivers back on the road. Now, sometimes parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. It's important to take care of these problems early on. If Gainesville drivers neglect them, the damaged parts stress other attached components which starts a chain reaction of damage.
Steering maintenance is pretty straightforward for Gainesville drivers: Replace power steering fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. That'll save you money in the long run.
Hey – we wouldn't steer you wrong.
Jerry's A/C & Auto Repair
405 NE 33rd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
At Jerry's A/C & Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.