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Common causes of steering malfunctions

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

For an optimal driving experience, vehicles rely on a multitude of components to work together as expected. Unfortunately, things can go wrong at times. Often, errors with a vehicle can cause little inconvenience. However, at times they can be significant.

One of the most crucial aspects of a car in terms of safety is the steering. Any fault with the steering system has the potential to result in a road traffic accident. At higher speeds, problems with the steering of a vehicle can have catastrophic consequences. It may benefit you to know some of the more common causes of steering malfunctions.

Road conditions

As we enter the colder months, the road conditions are changing significantly. Potholes often appear in wintertime, as well as numerous other hazards. The steering system of your car is most likely made up of a series of pumps, belts, and other equipment. While these components are durable, they are not immune from taking damage. Factoring in the road conditions before you set off could significantly protect your safety.

Wear and tear on the steering pump  

As mentioned, the steering system on your vehicle probably consists of a number of pumps and belts. They are put into operation every single time that you drive. Consequently, they may be placed under strain every day over an extended period. Parts of your vehicle that are used constantly may be subject to wear and tear, the steering system being no exception. Common signs that your steering might need to be checked include vibrations as well as unusual noises.

Fluid levels

Although power steering technology is gradually shifting towards electricity, many systems still rely on hydraulics. Thus, steering systems require hydraulic fluids to operate. When these fluids are not topped up to optimal levels, the steering system could fail. Additionally, it is not uncommon for hydraulic fluid to become contaminated, which means it will not work effectively.

Maintaining your steering is fundamental to your driving safety. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in a road traffic accident, there may be legal options that you can pursue.