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Category Archives: Steering

BMW E46 3 Series Power Steering Pump Problems

We often take power steering for granted until the accessory belt breaks or a part fails and we're left to muscle the front wheels around on our own. And as the section width of the average passenger car tire has gotten wider it has become almost impossible to do without some sort of power assist.…
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Problems with 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler Power Steering Box

Jeep ownership is all about personalization. You hardly ever find two that are the same. That’s why one of the characteristics that has cemented the 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler as a perennial favorite for drivers looking for a fun and inexpensive off-roader is the ease with which the TJ platform can be modified. Big tires,…
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2002-2011 MINI Cooper Power Steering Pump Failure

For a long time, the power steering systems equipped in most cars on the road were hydraulically assisted and driven with a belt from the engine crankshaft. Though many cars still use a hydraulic power steering system, the focus on fuel economy in recent years has had many manufacturers make the move to electric power…
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4 Common Power Steering Problems – And How to Fix Them

The highest-rated tires, latest engine upgrades and high-performance auto accessories mean nothing without proper, safe steering. Your car’s power steering is the one sub-system of your automobile that you’re quite literally always in touch with. Even the engine isn’t always engaged with your direct control – coasting, cruise control and other situations keep your foot…
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Five Reasons Your Steering Wheel Shakes

A shaky steering wheel can be incredibly frustrating when you’re trying to get from one place to another in your car. While it may seem like a simple annoyance, a shaking steering wheel can indicate a variety of serious issues that need to be handled promptly. While the most common culprits of a shaky steering…
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Need a New Steering Rack? Read This First and Save Time and Money

If you’ve noticed that your car makes a clunking noise every time you turn a corner or drive over a bump, or if you find it easier turning in one direction than the other, it might be time to replace your steering rack. Symptoms of a malfunctioning steering rack can also include a leak in…
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Why a New Steering Gearbox Will Save Your Life

If you know what a steering gearbox is and what it does then go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. Most people just know that the steering wheel is what you use to control your vehicle’s steering and have no idea what is really going on under the hood. Well, what many…
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A Brief History of Power Steering

Ever see an old movie, and notice the driver turning the wheel over, and over—just to make a right at a stoplight? That’s because that car probably didn’t have power steering! We take it for granted today that even the oldest cars have power steering. For much of automotive history the steering wheel was a…
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Mini Steering Pump Problems

April 22, 2013 - There’s been a lot of complaining and lawsuits going around in Mini land when it comes to steering pump failures. Just imagine you’re chugging down the highway cranking along at 60 or 70 miles per hour headed around a curve when suddenly….you can hardly move your steering wheel. As ice pours…
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Steer-by-Wire to Replace Power Steering?

October 24, 2012 -  Over the past couple of weeks I have talked a lot about the future of cars. My emphasis has been more conceptual, as I have attempted to peer into the distant future of car technology. Today, I thought it might be refreshing to focus on something a little more…brass tacks. While…
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