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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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Want to learn more about Volkswagen 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.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen (often shortened to VW) is a German automobile manufacturer founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi labour union.

Volkswagen is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, who in turn is majority owned by Porsche. They own and operate a vast number of cars under other brand names—at the time of writing, they have 342 subsidiary companies.

Possibly its most well-known model of the current generation, the VW Golf, was the 2nd best selling car of 2018, behind the Ford Fiesta, which consistently takes the top spot year after year.

The Golf’s 64k registrations in 2018 added to the vast tally of 3.4million Volkswagen cars on the road today.

High quality, highly rated, appropriately priced cars

VW cars achieve consistently strong reviews and are highly respected by critics and drivers alike. They are renowned for investing more money into research and development than almost any other marque and distributing their wealth of motoring knowledge across the many partner brands under the VW Group umbrella.

The Volkswagen Beetle: The ‘people’s car’

A classic of its time, originally named the Volkswagen Type 1, it soon became nicknamed the Beetle due to its unique shape, and subsequently the bug. The unique looking car was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap and simple mass-produced car to travel around his country’s new road network.

The new model Beetle, originally launched to celebrate the original classic in 1997, and with an updated successor in 2011, was designed around the VW Jetta platform sharing much of its build with the Jetta and Golf. VW announced in 2018 that the Beetle would finally be removed from production in July 2019.

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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