Stay Headed In The Right Direction, Vista

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Vista, California 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 Taskers Automotive in Vista for questions about your power steering.

The pump generates power that assists auto owners as they steer their sedan around Vista, California. 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 Vista 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 Taskers Automotive because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it’s key to use the correct type –just ask your service specialist at Taskers Automotive.

In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Over time, the lubricants and detergents diminish so Vista auto 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 manufacturers outline power steering service intervals in the owner’s manual. Unfortunately, this critical service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule. For Vista auto owners who are not sure, every two years is a good rule of thumb. 

At Taskers Automotive, 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 Vista auto owners 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 Taskers Automotive in Vista to keep you headed in the right direction.

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084
760.724.2184

Steer Right In Oceanside

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

power steering service Oceanside

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many Vista 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 Oceanside 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 California vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, Oceanside car owners 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 Taskers Automotive in Vista includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.

A word 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 Taskers Automotive as advised to avoid undue repairs.

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

In addition to power steering service, at Taskers Automotive we offer comprehensive automotive services including check engine light, brakes and tire sales.

Give us a call

Taskers Automotive
760.724.2184
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084

Power Steering Service Near Oceanside

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Most of us living in the Oceanside area are too young to remember life before power steering – cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine – a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.

These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owners' manual for the right type – or just ask your helpful service professional at Taskers Automotive.

The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. It breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture, so Vista car owners need to replace it from time to time. Many automakers specify power steering service intervals. Unfortunately, this important service is sometimes left off the car maintenance schedule for many of us in Oceanside. So, when in doubt, every 25,000 miles/40,000 km or two years is a good fallback. Your Taskers Automotive service advisor will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with the good stuff.

Here are some warning signs of trouble with your power steering: It's harder to turn the wheel, there's erratic power assist, you hear loud whining coming from the pump (which may be difficult to hear over the loud whining coming from the backseat), you have to top-off the fluid frequently, or you hear squealing belts. Remember to never hold the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time. That will wear out your power steering pump real fast.

Other steering components can be bent or damaged from wear or hard knocks. Ball-joint, idler-arm, steering-gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod to name a few. Warning signs here are steering play, wandering, uneven tire wear, and off-center steering wheel. An annual alignment check at Taskers Automotive will reveal bent or damaged steering components.

Most SUV's, pick-ups and rear-wheel-drive cars need regular front-wheel-bearing service.

The bearings should be cleaned and inspected. If they are excessively worn, they need to be replaced. The bearings are then repacked in clean grease. It's also recommend the wheel-seal be replaced when the bearings are serviced. Like everything else, check your owners' manual maintenance schedule. It's usually required around every two years or 40,000 miles/64,000 km. If you drive through water in the Oceanside area, the bearings will need service more often.

Taskers Automotive
1806 E Vista Way
Vista, California 92084

760.724.2184