Whether it's for your Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, or any other make, eventually you may need to get your steering repaired. When it is time for you to bring in your vehicle for repair, come to Old Ox Tire & Auto as soon as you can! The steering system in your vehicle is extremely important for safely maneuvering through the streets of Alexandria, Virginia, Sterling, Virginia, Washington, DC, Takoma Park, Maryland, and beyond. The steering system in your vehicle relies on the input from the driver using the steering wheel and the mechanisms underneath the vehicle to turn the front wheels left and right. Most vehicles come with power steering, the system that makes steering much easier to do. Power steering either uses an electronic motor or a hydraulic system. If the power steering uses a hydraulic system, it will use a power steering fluid to transmit power. As the pressure builds, it moves the pistons in the steering gear/rack which reduces the effort needed from the driver. However, you may eventually need to get a power steering fluid exchange service. Dirt and debris could contaminate the fluid, cause a leak, and make the system fail. Bring your vehicle to Old Ox Tire & Auto if you ever need to get any steering service done such as power steering rack and pinion replacement or power steering fluid exchange service.
There are two different steering systems: the rack-and-pinion system and the steering-box system. With the rack-and-pinion system, the power steering allows the driver to use minimal effort to easily turn the vehicle. The input from the steering wheel turns the steering shaft. At the end of the steering shaft, there is a circular gear called “the pinion.” The pinion interlocks with the steering arms, and when the driver turns the steering wheel, the pinion rotates and turns the steering arms. With the steering-box system, there is a worm gear at the end of the steering column. A worm gear is a threaded cylinder that is attached to the cross shaft rack. While the driver is turning the steering wheel, the cross shaft moves up and down along the cylinder, moving the sector, which is linked to the steering arm. If you have any questions about your specific vehicle’s steering system and any potential problems, please contact Old Ox Tire & Auto to make an appointment and have our Reliable technicians take a look.
Some signs that there might be an issue with your steering:
- There is difficulty with turning the steering wheel.
- The steering wheel vibrates.
- The vehicle pulls to one side.
- There are grinding and screeching noises while turning the steering wheel.
- There is a fluid leak underneath the steering system.
- The steering wheel is stiff or turns too easily.
- The steering wheel slips while turning.
Your Quality Shop for Steering Repair
If you are in or near Sterling, come to Old Ox Tire & Auto for your go-to steering repair shop. Our technicians have decades of combined experience and will ensure that your vehicle is working properly again.
Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:
Don't hesitate to bring your car to Old Ox Tire & Auto today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 703-956-9811- Sterling, 202-481-0685- DC or 703-888-2654- Alexandria. Old Ox Tire & Auto - Qualified Mechanics.