The 2002-2011 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S are compact cars designed not only for economy but to also offer a fun driving experience, so neither a pure hydraulic system nor a complete electrically assisted steering rack would be an appropriate choice for MINI engineers. Instead, the MINI Cooper uses a different system that is a hybrid of both hydraulic and electric steering systems which they call an Electro-Hydraulic Power Assisted Steering. This type of system uses an electric motor to drive the hydraulic power steering pump instead of a belt from the engine giving you the best of both worlds: it frees up some horsepower by not being driven off the engine belts but still gives you the supreme steering feel that is so important in a well-handling and fun-to-drive small car.
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.
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 wheel are your tires, a couple other issues could be contributing to or be solely responsible for that obnoxious steering wheel shake. Here are the five most common reasons why your steering wheel is shaking.
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 power steering fluid, uneven tire wear, or a steering wheel that’s harder to steer in the morning than later in the day.
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 under the hood. Well, what many of you don’t know is the steering gear box is an essential piece of the steering system in the vehicles it appears in. Since this part is under the hood, you might have no idea something is wrong with it. Given the importance of this part to one of the most important functions of a vehicle, maintaining the steering gearbox in a good condition is vital to the safety of your driving experience.