Your car’s steering system is responsible for helping you control the direction of the vehicle as you drive. There are two types of steering systems used in cars. Parallelogram steering is used in many trucks and was used in cars prior to the development of rack and pinion steering, which is the type of steering system seen in most modern vehicles.
Below is an illustration of both steering types:
The steering column is common to both types of steering systems and includes the steering wheel attached to a telescopic shaft that connects to either the steering gearbox (in older vehicles and many trucks) or the rack and pinion steering unit. Common steering column failures include worn out tilt mechanisms or bearings. Additionally, there are often electrical components attached to the steering column such as a turn signal switch, hazard light switch, or ignition switch that can all require repairs in the area of the steering column.
The older (parallelogram) steering systems contain a series of steering links which all function to allow the wheels to move from left to right as the steering wheel is turned. These links include the pitman arm, idler arm, center link, and tie rod ends. The tie rod ends are connected on each side to the steering knuckle, which is what the wheels are attached to. Due to their frequent movement, these components are usually built with lubrication fittings to allow the joints to be filled with grease at oil changes. A common failure of these steering components includes worn joints (which often cause “loose feeling” steering), requiring a replacement of the component.
Modern rack and pinion steering units do not need to be serviced. Over time, rack and pinion units can develop leaks or other internal failures (such as worn seals) requiring replacement. Rack and pinion steering systems also utilize tie rod ends to connect the rack and pinion unit to the steering knuckles.
Whenever a steering system component is replaced an alignment is recommended.
Either steering system can employ power steering, which is a hydraulic system that provides assistance to the steering process. Most modern vehicles are equipped with power steering.
Steering System Repairs We Perform:
- Steering System Diagnostics
- Rack and Pinion Steering Unit Replacement
- Replacement of Pitman Arms, Idler Arms, Center Links, and Tie Rod Ends
- Front End Alignment
- 4 Wheel Alignment
- Power Steering Leak Repairs
- Power Steering Drive Belt Replacement
Ready to Make An Appointment For Your Steering System Repair?
At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment.
We are able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their steering system repair as we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi!
If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.
Please note that we offer a shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Egg Harbor Township, Mizpah, Somers Point, Cologne, Pomona, and surrounding areas).
Frequently Asked Questions About Steering Systems:
A few things could cause this including low power steering fluid, the air in the power steering system, or a power steering pump failure. We recommend having one of our ASE Certified Technician assess your vehicle to pinpoint the exact area of failure.
That is most likely caused by a loose or worn out power steering belt. If the belt needs to be tightened or replaced, we can assist you. Sometimes a pulley will fail and cause similar noise. In any case, our highly trained ASE Certified Technicians will be able to diagnose the exact cause of the noise.
It is possible that there is a bearing failure or another mechanical failure within the steering column. We would be happy to have one of our technicians to inspect your vehicle and pinpoint the problem.