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Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

Auto service is critical, and without it, you can lose your car or put yourself in danger. Hi, my name is Pete, and after ignoring my brakes for too long, I was in an accident. I made it my goal to learn everything I could about the importance of car service. Regardless of how much or how little you know about cars, I hope that these blogs can help you. I plan to focus on a range of topics related to auto service and possibly some other ideas as well. This is my first blog, and I hope that you enjoy it. When I'm not writing, I work in a coffee shop during the day and part-time for a telemarketing company in the evenings. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Understanding the Importance of Auto Service: A Guide for Everyone

Steps to Take When the Steering Wheel Warning Light Comes On

by Alexandra Obrien

Transitioning from a car with a manual steering wheel to one that is equipped with a power steering wheel is a relief to most motorists. Therefore, it is not a bad idea to ditch that manual steering wheel and go for a powered one. Such a transition, however, comes with its challenges. One such problem is having no idea of what to do if the warning light for the power steering wheel lights up on the dashboard. With vehicle dashboards being equipped with all manner of light icons nowadays, things can get confusing. This article highlights steps that you can take when the steering wheel prompt on the dashboard goes on.

Restart the Car -- Modern cars are more like computer systems, and just like a computer, glitches and errors should be expected. Such failures might cause warning lights to go on even when everything is ok. If the power steering warning light comes on, therefore, the first thing you should do is to turn the engine off and then turn it on again. By doing so, you will restart the steering wheel computer system. If there was an error, restarting the car will help to reset the system.  

Refill Power Steering Fluid -- If you have ever driven a car with a manual steering wheel, you will notice a big difference when you drive one with power steering wheel. Unlike a manual steering wheel, power steering relies on controlled energy provided by hydraulic fluid in the power steering reservoir. The hydraulic fluid makes turning smooth even when a vehicle is stationary. When there is a leak in the pump, the fluid level will go down, thereby causing the power steering wheel to lose its assisted steering capability. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to find out the hydraulic fluid level in the reservoir, and if it has gone down considerably, refill it. In most cases, the warning light will go off with a fluid refill.  

Replace the Alternator -- When the fluid in the steering wheel reservoir is full and restarting the car won't turn off the power steering warning light, then the issue could lie with the alternator. The reason is that an alternator is a component that charges a car's battery; therefore, an alternator's failure will most likely cause all manner of warning light to malfunction. If warning lights, including those of the power steering, keep popping up and staying on, then you need to have your alternator checked by a professional mechanic.