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Power Steering Repair and Maintenance Power Steering Repair and Maintenance
Power steering was first used on a vehicle way back in the 1920s. While systems have grown more refined, the operating principle remains largely unchanged. The power steering system brings together the strength and power of hydraulic pressure with the mechanical miracle of steering linkages. The power...
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Power Steering Pressure Hose Replace Power Steering Pressure Hose Replace
A power steering pressure hose failure can be dramatic. Even a small hole in a pressure hose can cause power steering fluid to rapidly exit the system, usually landing all over something hot like an exhaust manifold or pipe. Combine this smoke show with a steering pump screeching from the sudden loss...
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Power Steering Fluid Maintenance Power Steering Fluid Maintenance
Pint-for-pint, the one or two quarts of power steering fluid required by your passenger car are probably some of the least appreciated fluids under the hood. Considering what it does, and how much a motorist depends on it, we’re talking about the lifeblood of your steering system. Yet keeping...
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Power Steering Box Replacement Power Steering Box Replacement
Unless you drive a car or truck equipped with rack-and-pinion steering, there’s a good chance your vehicle utilizes a frame-mounted powering steering gearbox. Durable and relatively simple in design, these steering boxes (or “steering gears” as they’re often called) multiply...
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Front End Rehab Front End Rehab
The myriad parts that comprise the steering system of an automobile are often referred to collectively as the front end. This phrase is often uttered by your mechanic directly before the word ‘rebuild’ then followed by a large repair bill or estimate. When and if you regain consciousness...
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Camber Caster Toe Adjustment Camber Caster Toe Adjustment
A suspension alignment is one of those automotive maintenance chores that most of us put off until a set of tires worn to unusable tells us it’s already too late. Bringing the three key alignment measurements into the numbers specified by the manufacturer can prevent expensive tire replacement...
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Align It Yourself Align It Yourself
Most people think that wheel alignment is best left to the professionals. This is true in many respects, but some alignment specs are easy to check yourself, and toe is one aspect of alignment that can be checked at home. This can come in handy after replacing steering or suspension components so that...
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Steering Rack Replacement Steering Rack Replacement
The easiest way to think about rack-and-pinion steering is as two gears. One round. One flat. The round gear is called the pinion and is connected to the end of the steering wheel shaft. As the steering wheel turns, so does the pinion gear. The flat gear is called the rack. As the pinion turns, the...
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