What is power steering?
Driving has never been easier than it is today, as modern steering and car suspension systems allow drivers to steer the car effortlessly, ensuring a smooth, safe car ride. This would not have been possible without the invention of power steering. It is a system which assists drivers by amplifying the torque applied to the steering wheel using a hydraulic or electronic device, thereby reducing the amount of effort needed to steer and maneuver the vehicle. Due to the sheer size and mass of most modern vehicles, without it, steering would be considered an intense strength training exercise.
Although power steering dates all the way back to 1876, the system was not commonly used in passenger cars until the 1950s. In 1951, Chrysler introduced its Imperial model, which was the first passenger car with power-assisted steering that was made available to consumers. Its “Hydraguide” system was a huge success and many manufacturers followed suit soon afterwards.
Types of power steering systems & how they work
Symptoms of a failing power steering system
There are a few simple steps that you can take to make your power steering system last longer, however, these mostly apply to hydraulic and hybrid systems as electric ones are low-maintenance. Regardless of the type of system, the most important thing to do is react quickly to any steering issues, as they pose a risk to your safety and your car.How to care for your steering system: