What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Can you turn the steering wheel on your vehicle with ease? Then you know the power steering is working. The power steering in your vehicle is something you likely take for granted--until you lose that part of the car. It feels nearly impossible to guide your vehicle when the power steering goes out. You don't want to be caught in that situation, it can be dangerous. So pay attention to the lighting system on your vehicle. If the power steering warning light goes on, it means that something within that power steering system needs attention.

You may never have seen a power steering light before. It usually is the shape of the steering wheel and sometimes has an exclamation point in it. For electric systems, it may be a light that says EPS for electric power steering. If you see any kind of warning light and you don't know what it is, your owner's manual can clear that up for you right away.

Many times, that light will come on when the hydraulic fluids in the system are low. Adding more fluid is something you might be able to do on your own, but if you have a leak somewhere, that's a temporary fix. You need a certified mechanic to look over the power steering and the vehicle as a whole to make sure you address the right issues.

While you may be safe in driving a vehicle with the power steering light on, for now, it's not wise to continue to drive that way for a long time. The power steering may be on its way out and if that happens, the car will be very hard to drive and that can be very dangerous to everyone in your vehicle and to those around you. When you see the light, don't panic, but do see a mechanic as soon as possible.

Warning lights are in your vehicle for a reason and when you see that power steering light, give our auto repair shop a call to set up an appointment today. We'll look things over and get you safely back out on the road.

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