Fairfield Experts Explain Electric VS. Hydraulic Power Steering

Fairfield Experts Explain Electric VS. Hydraulic Power Steering

The technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Fairfield, in Cypress, TX are all ASE-certified. Our knowledgeable staff is going to share with you the differences between electric and hydraulic power steering systems.

Better fuel economy with electric power steering

Neither hydraulic pumps nor pistons are included in cars that have an EPS system. But they do come with an electric motor that is designed to augment the commands made by the driver. This reduces the overall weight in the vehicle as well. The EPS systems also don’t require power from engines like the hydraulic systems do. These two factors play a key role in providing drivers with increased fuel efficiency.

Less maintenance is needed for electric power steering

Cars that contain hydraulic power steering need power steering fluid. Electric power steering systems don’t need the fluid. Also, its easier to calibrate cars with EPS. It only needs a small tweak in the programming to get back on track. In most cases, the hydraulic pressure created by the older system is uneven and several complex components. For this reason, it’s more difficult to calibrate.

Of the two systems, which one handles better?

There is a lot of debate about which system offers drivers better handling. A lot of people feel that the hydraulic system provides drivers with more road feel while the EPS system tends to make for a numb driving experience. The opinions themselves are subjective, but you should get behind the wheel of an EPS vehicle, try it for yourself and then decide.

Maintenance Services for Power Steering Issues at Christian Brothers Automotive Fairfield

If it seems that your car is not steering properly or that it’s just more difficult than normal to turn the wheel, then you likely have an issue with your power steering. Vehicles with hydraulic systems may have power steering fluid leaks. Other areas such as seals, belts and hoses also require maintenance so the car can continue to run smoothly.

Here at our local automotive repair shop in Cypress, TX we value our customers. Our goal is to inform our customers while assisting them so they can make the best decision for their car or truck. Backed with the 2-year/24,000-mile Nice Difference warranty, our services are guaranteed. To schedule an appointment for any issues that you may be having with your power steering, please just give us a call and you’ll see the nice difference at Christian Brothers Automotive Fairfield!