I Have No Power Steering!!!

steering wheel, no power steeringHaving no power steering is a scary thing.  Sure your grandfather would muscle his old F100 around without it no problem, but now that you’re used to a light steering wheel having your power steering go out is a scary thing.  

Losing power steering can happen for a variety of reason:

Why do I Have No Power Steering?

  1. Broken belt
  2. Electrical malfunction
  3. Bad steering gear or rack
  4. No power steering fluid

Broken Belt

Your power steering pump is most likely driven by a belt on your engine so if that belt breaks you can instantly lose power steering.  That same belt usually also runs the alternator so if you’ve got hard steering and a battery light on, a broken belt is most likely your problem.  In this case, simply replacing the belt is often all you need to do.

Electrical Malfunction

If you don’t have a belt driven power steering pump it may be powered by an electrical motor or a complete electrical system.  If this is the case in your car, your heavy steering will most likely be accompanied by steering wheel symbol lit on your dash. If you find yourself in this position the best thing to do is take your car to a mechanic to have the trouble codes read to figure out what the problem is.

Bad Steering Gear or Rack

The steering gear or rack uses the high-pressure fluid from your power steering pump to help move the wheels of your car.  It does this through a complicated series of passengers and bearings so an internal failure here can leave your steering heavy.  This is a difficult problem to check for but can often cause excessive flow through the power steering fluid reservoir and very dark fluid.

No Power Steering Fluid

If your power steering system runs out of the hydraulic fluid then it will cause a lack of power assist when turning.  The only reason for a lack of fluid is a leak somewhere in your system. For more information about possible leak locations try our article about why your power steering system is leaking.  To stop your power steering leak, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak along with the fluid you use to refill your system.  BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak will seal the leak in your system so you don’t end up with no power steering again!
BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak
 

 

You can find BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak, you can find it at one of your local auto parts stores like:

  • AutoZone
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Bennett Auto Supply
  • CarQuest Auto Parts
  • NAPA Auto Parts
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Pep Boys
  • Fast Track
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Specialists
  • S&E Quick Lube Distributor
  • DYK Automotive
  • Fisher Auto Parts stores
  • Auto Plus Auto Parts stores
  • Hovis Auto & Truck Supply stores
  • Salvo Auto Parts
  • Advantage Auto Stores
  • Genuine Auto Parts stores
  • Bond Auto Parts stores
  • Tidewater Fleet Supply
  • Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts
  • Any Part Auto Parts
  • Consumer Auto Parts

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