Power Steering

Is your vehicle’s steering stiff, worn or screeching?

Are your car’s power steering reservoir pipes leaking? Is the steering column or pump noisy? Auto Experts Medway in Chatham Medway can repair or replace any power steering components.


Power Assisted Steering (PAS) is generally known as power steering helps drivers steer by reducing steering effort of the steering wheel. Hydraulic or electric actuators add controlled energy to the steering mechanism, so the driver needs to provide only a small amount of effort regardless of conditions.


Although it is not advisable to do so power steering helps considerably when a vehicle is stopped or moving slowly. The danger is that this tends to wear out the edges of tyres quicker and combined with under inflation this can shorten the life of a tyre considerably.

Common Faults:

Quite often power steering is run with the help of an actuating pump which is commonly driven by the auxiliary drive belt off of the engine. Should the steering become noisy or screeches it could be the belt slipping because it has worn out or it may be that the pump or pipe work from the oil reservoir may have a leak.
An oil leak from the reservoir can quite often contaminate the belt causing it to slip. Should a belt slip apart from screeching it may cause the steering to become stiff?
Should a belt slip or completely fail and needs to be replaced the vehicle is still able to be steered although it will feel extremely hard because you will be using manual effort alone.

Electric Steering:

Electric power assisted steering (EPS/EPAS) or motor driven power steering (MDPS) uses an electric motor to assist the driver of a vehicle. Sensors detect the position and torque of the steering column, and a computer module applies assistive torque via the motor, which connects to either the steering gear or steering column.

This allows varying amounts of assistance to be applied depending on driving conditions. Engineers can therefore tailor steering-gear response to variable-rate and variable-damping suspension systems, optimizing ride, handling, and steering for each vehicle.

Some vehicle manufacturers like Fiat have designed a system that can regulate the amount of assistance by using a button named “CITY” This system allows the vehicle to switch between two different assist curves, while most other EPS systems have variable assist. These give more assistance as the vehicle slows down, and less at faster speeds.

Why Choose Auto Experts Medway?

We at Auto Experts Medway in Medway have established a superb reputation for high quality replacement services, refer to our testimonials from our customers from Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester on our testimonial page.
On many occasions when carrying out a diagnosis a partial strip down is necessary. Should you agree to have any necessary work completed at this time, this initial diagnosis becomes free due to the fact that your vehicle has been partially stripped down already.
So if your vehicle’s power steering has become stiff, is screeching or the pump or column is noisy. It could be that the reservoir or pipes are leaking fluid. Come to Auto Experts Medway in Chatham for all your vehicles steering repairs, we are close to both Gillingham and Rochester in Medway making us the idea garage for shoppers and commuters.

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