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Our expert insights into free steering check

What is included in a steering system check?

Our free car steering check covers all major parts. Our top-rated mechanics will check your power steering fluid levels, the condition and quality of the power steering fluid, steering geometry, steering wheel and more.

How do I know if my steering system needs repairing?

Some common signs that your steering may need repairing are:

  • Very difficult to turn the steering wheel

  • Uneven or premature tyre wear

  • Power steering fluid pump is making a whining noise

  • Power steering fluid looks black or brown

  • Car pulls to one side when driving or your steering seems to be “wandering”

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Hey Fixter, how often should I replace my power steering fluid?

The rule of thumb suggests that you should change your power steering fluid anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 miles of driving.

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Our in-house experts will keep you updated, and your card is only charged once all work has been satisfactorily completed and approved by our team. Your driver will then drop the car back when it’s convenient for you.

Want to learn more about free steering check in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth

Portsmouth, situated on the south coast of England, is a bustling city known for its rich maritime history and vibrant waterfront. With a population of approximately 200,000, it is a thriving hub for both residents and visitors alike.

When it comes to car ownership in Portsmouth, the data collected reveals some interesting trends. The Ford Fiesta takes the top spot as the most popular car in the city, favored by many Portsmouth residents. Following closely behind are the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa, BMW 3 Series, and the Audi A3.

In addition to these popular choices, Portsmouth residents also show a preference for compact and fuel-efficient vehicles, reflecting the city's focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness.

Vehicle numbers in Portsmouth

Portsmouth boasts a significant number of licensed vehicles, with approximately 150,000 cars registered in the city. This high number reflects the city's reliance on private transportation and the need for efficient and reliable car maintenance services.

Postcodes and suburbs in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is divided into several postcodes and suburbs, each with its own unique charm. Some notable areas include PO1 (City Centre, Old Portsmouth, and Gunwharf Quays), PO4 (Southsea, Eastney, and Milton), PO6 (Cosham, Drayton, and Farlington), and PO16 (Fareham, Portchester, and Wallington). These diverse neighborhoods contribute to the vibrant automotive landscape of Portsmouth.

As a car maintenance platform catering to the needs of Portsmouth residents, we understand the importance of providing top-notch services to keep their beloved vehicles in optimal condition. Whether it's regular servicing, MOT testing, or repairs, our platform connects car owners with trusted professionals who are well-versed in the specific requirements of Portsmouth's automotive landscape.

What is included in a steering system check?

Our free car steering check covers all major parts. Our top-rated mechanics will check your power steering fluid levels, the condition and quality of the power steering fluid, steering geometry, steering wheel and more.

How does car steering work?

The steering system of your car includes everything from the steering wheel to the steering shaft, rack and gearbox, all the way to the linkage which connects to the wheels themselves. All these components are used to control the direction of a vehicle’s motion.

Almost all steering systems in modern cars contain a hydraulic booster, which supplies most of the necessary force when the driver turns the wheel. This is often called power assisted steering.

How do I know if my steering system needs repairing?

Some common signs that your steering may need repairing are:

  • Very difficult to turn the steering wheel

  • Uneven or premature tyre wear

  • Power steering fluid pump is making a whining noise

  • Power steering fluid looks black or brown

  • Car pulls to one side when driving or your steering seems to be “wandering”

When do you need to replace your power steering fluid?

The rule of thumb suggests that you should change your power steering fluid anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 miles of driving. The main reason to replace your power steering fluid is that it has become contaminated or dirty. Further tell-tale signs that you need to take care of a flush are if you're having problems steering, the fluid has turned black or a dirty brown colour (it's generally red when it's new), it smells like it's burning, or you hear squealing noises as you turn the steering wheel.

##Is it OK to drive with low power steering fluid?

Without the correct amount of power steering fluid, the handling of your car will be affected. It can be difficult to control at low speeds and be dangerous for you and your passengers. We'd recommend topping up low levels as soon as possible. If you drive without power steering fluid for extended periods, you can damage the pump, which would deliver a far costlier repair or replacement than a simple top-up.

##Is it necessary to flush power steering fluid?

It's not always necessary to flush the power steering fluid, but we'd suggest it's a best practice you should engage in—recommended by almost all good mechanics. Over time, build-up can occur in the power steering fluid, which not only makes it harder to turn your steering but can also deliver increased wear to your steering pump, causing damage that could easily be avoided.

How long does it take for power steering fluid to circulate?

If you're giving your steering system a full flush, you can expect it to take 5 minutes of turning the steering from wheel hard left to hard right to get the power steering fluid into the system properly. Keep an eye out for air bubbles releasing from the reservoir. Once everything feels normal again, take the car out for a drive. Check the fluid level on your return and over the next few days, and top it up to the full level if it drops at all.

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