Tips To Drivers

Advantages and care of your hydraulic steering

Currently the hydraulic steering has become an indispensable component, which works through the hydraulic fluid pressurized by the hydraulic pump that "pushes" the rack assisting the driver on the steering wheel movement. It requires little maintenance, it is reliable, but needs the least attention of your mechanic.
We quickly understand the most common problems and their symptoms.
This system is simple and has no secrets; the driver's attention should be on the level of the hydraulic fluid that must not drop ever, that is, if you notice that the level is decreasing, there is a leak and it should be repaired. Usually leaks are caused by worn sealing and connection components.

The fluid has no exchange deadline, it should only be replaced when disassembling the system.
The hydraulic steering is silent, so any noise in its operation is a fault in the system. There are different types of noise, the most common are: acute wheezing that are assigned to loose belts or impaired life. There is also noise in the hydraulic pump; this noise is generated by the presence of air in the system. In this case, the system must be bled and again completed the fluid level.
When the hydraulic steering stops working, the steering system reverts to "purely" mechanical and the effort to turn it is higher; the most common causes of this symptom are assigned to complete breakdown of the pump, and then the hydraulic system crashes, the exchange of the pump is the solution to the problem.
Tires with pressure well below the specified also damage the system, making the direction heavier and causing greater stress of the hydraulic system; misaligned and / or unbalanced wheels may cause vibration on the steering wheel (shimmy), therefore, check the alignment and balancing of the wheels periodically.

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