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Steer Right In Boise

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Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many Boise motorists have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your sedan steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.

Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of Boise vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve MPG.

The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older Idaho vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, Boise drivers need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it’s too low your steering is affected and you could damage your sedan pump.

Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors; leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Napa AutoCare Boise in Boise includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.

A word for Boise drivers about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the sedan components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Napa AutoCare Boise as advised to avoid undue repairs.

Losing your power steering while driving in Boise can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it’ll just be harder. Check with your fr Napa AutoCare Boise service specialist to see if it’s time to service your sedan power steering system.

In addition to power steering service, at Napa AutoCare Boise we offer comprehensive automotive services including Auto Repair, Brake Repair and transmission.

Give us a call

Napa AutoCare Boise
208-323-9292
4338 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83714

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Steer Right In Boise

power steering service Boise

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many Boise car owners have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your sedan steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.

Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of Boise vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve fuel economy.

The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older Idaho vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, Boise motorists need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it’s too low your steering is affected and you could damage your sedan pump.

Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors; leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Napa AutoCare Boise in Boise includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.

A word for Boise motorists about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the sedan components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Napa AutoCare Boise as advised to avoid undue repairs.

Losing your power steering while driving in Boise can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it’ll just be harder. Check with your fr Napa AutoCare Boise technician to see if it’s time to service your sedan power steering system.

In addition to power steering service, at Napa AutoCare Boise we offer comprehensive automotive services including Auto Repair, Brake Repair and transmission.

Give us a call

Napa AutoCare Boise
208-323-9292
4338 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83714

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Stay Headed In The Right Direction, Boise

Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Boise, Idaho these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that’s driven by a belt powered by the engine.

Contact the automotive professionals at Napa AutoCare Boise in Boise for questions about your power steering.

The pump generates power that assists car owners as they steer their sedan around Boise, Idaho. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it’s a good idea to have your Boise service specialist inspect them at every oil change.

A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Napa AutoCare Boise because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it’s vital to use the correct type –just ask your service advisor at Napa AutoCare Boise.

In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Over time, the lubricants and detergents diminish so Boise car owners need to replace their old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Excess moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well. That can lead to rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid. Many auto manufacturers outline power steering service intervals in the owner’s manual. Unfortunately, this essential service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule. For Boise drivers who are not sure, every two years is a good rule of thumb. 

At Napa AutoCare Boise, we use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid.

Now, if you are experiencing high steering effort, erratic power assist, loud whining coming from the pump you may have a power steering problem. Another sign for Boise drivers is having to frequently top off the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out real fast. AutoNetTV wants you to be sure to service your power steering system regularly at your service center or Napa AutoCare Boise in Boise to keep you headed in the right direction.

Napa AutoCare Boise
4338 W. Chinden Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83714
208-323-9292

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Get Where You’re Going With Power Steering Service In Boise

Today we’re going to talk about power steering service in Boise. If you took an informal poll around Boise you’d probably find that most have never heard of power steering service. That’s not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Boise aren’t aware that it needs periodic service.

If you’re younger than a certain age, you’ve probably never driven a car or truck without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you’ve ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it’s a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.

Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that’s hard, especially around downtown Boise. That’s why old cars had such big steering wheels; to get enough leverage to steer.

Steering Most vehicles in Boise have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid. This actuates a hydraulic cylinder that provides power to help steer.

Some vehicles in Boise use an electric pump to pressurize the fluid rather than a belt driven pump. We’re also seeing vehicles with electric motors providing the power assist, not using power steering fluid at all. We’ll see a lot more electric systems as more hybrids and electric vehicles hit the market.

At least for now, the vast majority of power steering systems use power steering fluid that needs to be serviced. The fluid needs to be changed for a couple of reasons. For one, it attracts moisture. Water has different hydraulic qualities than power steering fluid, and that makes a difference in steering performance. Water is also corrosive and can damage power steering components. The fluid also just gets dirty and needs to be changed. Removing the old fluid and flushing out the system gets rid of dirt and deposits. The clean, fresh fluid lubricates and provides better corrosion protection.

So ask your Boise service advisor at Napa AutoCare Boise or check your owner’s manual to see when power steering service is recommended. It’ll extend the life of your power steering components.

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