Steering Pumps

Steering Pumps

In order to be able to operate a hydraulic power steering pumps are needed.  These pumps, called steering pumps, influence the performance, the energy consumption and the noise level of the steering system. Steering pumps are designed to attain the highest possible delivery capacity and efficiency with a compact design and low weight. In a nutshell, steering pumps convert energy produced by a car´s engine into hydraulic power, which it then uses to add torque to the movements of the steering wheel. The process starts with a drive belt connected to the engine, which spins a rotary within the power steering pump. This movement pulls power steering fluid through it, injecting it back into the system under high pressure. That hydraulic pressure translates into force applied to the rack and pinion steering column. When the steering wheel is at rest, the pressure remains even on either side of the column. When the wheel turns to one side or another, it raises the hydraulic pressure on one side of the column to turn in that direction. Thus, with only a slight nudge of a steering wheel, you get the necessary muscle to change the direction of your car.

 

Steering pumps allow for excellent handling characteristics. With lighter handling over any possible driving applications, your vehicle is geared towards an unmatched riding and driving experience. Even when steering pumps are crafted for long lasting quality and dependable service, they will eventually lose their efficiency and will need to be replacement.  There are many symptoms that indicate a damaged or failing power steering pump including: whining noise while turning the wheel, steering wheel slow to respond, stiff steering wheel, squealing noises when the vehicle starts and groaning noises. As soon as you begin notice unusual noises coming from your vehicle, or if the steering is slow to respond or feels stiff you should consider having your steering pump inspected by a qualified technician.  Power steering is an essential part of your vehicle and is a safety issue, so it should be taken care of by a professional as soon as possible

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