Many modern SUVs and trucks feature power steering, which is a system that eases parking maneuvers and low-speed driving, especially in heavier vehicles. However, components can wear out over time, which can impact handling.
If you suspect you might have an issue with your Jeep's power steering, here are some tips from St. Paul Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Alberta to help diagnosis the problem:
- Check the power steering fluid level
A lack of fluid will make it harder to complete turns. If you regularly have to top up the power steering fluid, it could indicate a leak.
- Inspect the hoses and lines around the power steering pump
The power steering system is comprised of a pump and numerous seals and hoses. If there are leaks or breaks in the seals, it will impact the performance of the system.
- Check for loose belts
A loud, screeching sound from the pump is a tell-tale sign of a loose belt in the power steering system. To test for this, activate the Jeep's engine and turn the steering wheel.
Unaddressed power steering issues not only impact your Jeep's handling but your safety as well. If you have concerns about your vehicle, call our Service Department at St. Paul Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to book your maintenance appointment today. Our expert technicians will give your SUV the attention it deserves.