A vehicles steering rack is where the motion from the steering wheel is transferred into gears that ultimately steer the vehicle. The steering rack is essential for safe navigation and control of your vehicle.
Steering Rack Repair – The Basics
The steering rack in your car is a crucial component in it’s steering system. If the steering rack is damaged, your car will be unable to turn or safely move in different directions. The word rack in steering rack refers to the “rack and pinion” style of vehicle gears. This system involves the rack gear, which is moved side to side when the pinion gear rotates. When the steering wheel is turned, the pinion gear turns with it. The pinion gear is connected to the rack, which then turns with the pinion. With the rack moving, that force is transferred to the wheels. Power steering enhances this process by adding a motor to help reduce the effort needed to move the rack. This process of gears is how your vehicle turns.
The future of steering looks to be “by wire”. This means that all of the information from your steering wheel is digitally transmitted to electronic motors that steer the vehicle. This reduces moving parts and allows for custom steering set ups. It also saves weight and space in a vehicle. The reliability of this over traditional gears has been brought into question, with many stating that a vehicle power outage would render the car inoperable.
When Is It Time For Service?
There are a number of signs that you could be in need of steering rack repair. Your steering may feel loose, or in some cases be harder to turn in one direction, but not the other. Fluid my leak from the rack itself, which you may notice after being parked. You may also notice your vehicle drifts to one side of the road, or that your steering wheel itself wont return to a neutral position.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to book some steering rack repair from Gary’s Automotive!