How A Car Steering System Works?
When you’re driving and you suddenly don’t feel comfortable with your car’s steering, like the steering wheel feels loose or moves on its own and starts to shake, it is imperative that your vehicle needs to be checked by a mechanic Wollongong. Do this, before you put yourself in a position where you can’t control the car, which involves controlling the front wheels or suspension on the car.
A steering system is a group of important components coming together to get your vehicle to respond well to your driving. When you rotate the steering wheel, your car responds smoothly, making you feel safe and in control. The lightest touch of the wheel transmits the movement to the steering shaft, allowing you, to make the wheels move left and right and get you to where you’re going.
The most common steering system on cars, SUVs and small trucks is the rack and pinion. A pretty simple mechanism, it is enclosed in a metal tube, with both the rack ends, extending out from the tube.
The Rack and Pinion steering system works in such a way that when you turn the steering wheel, the shaft rotates along with it. This movement causes the pinion on the top of the rack to rotate, making the rack move in a straight line. The wheels turn, when the tie rod that is connected to the steering arm start to move.
The Rack and Pinion gear set has two functions:
- provides a gear reduction, which makes it easier to turn the wheels and
- converts the motion of the steering wheel, from rotational to linear, which is needed to turn the wheel.
If your steering system is faulty or failing, there are symptoms that you should look for, like the the following:
- Steering wheel vibrates
- Wheel is difficult to turn
- Squealing and whining noises
- Low power steering fluid
Any automotive problem, like the steering system is better to be fixed early, than wait for the vehicle to show more damages or be in an accident. Periodic inspection and maintenance of the steering system can also help you avoid mishaps on the road.
Steering may seem a simple enough process to you, but it’s not about just the turn of the wheel. There’s a lot to it, between the steering wheel and your vehicle tyres, and a lot can also go wrong when the wheels start to turn.
1st Choice Mechanical is a leading auto mechanical centre when it comes to your automotive parts repairs and services. Apart from the steering system, we perform all kinds of auto repair and maintenance services, such as brakes services, engine tune up services, battery services, electrical systems maintenance, and many other mechanical repairs.
We have certified mechanics, whom you can trust. When you have issues with your steering system, our mechanic Wollongong will check everything, including the tie rods, idler arm, pitman arm and all the other components of the system. As you know, even the smallest part has an impact on the right performance of your steering system and our mechanics always want to ensure that it’s functioning at it’s optimum capacity.
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