There are few things as terror-inducing as losing your power steering mid-turn. Fortunately, you may be able to spot problems with your Lexus power steering before experiencing total failure. Scheduling regular maintenance with Fremont Foreign Auto not only extends the lifespan of your car and its components but also lets us catch problems before they become serious.
Read on to learn more about five clues your Lexus has a power steering leak and need service as soon as possible. If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to Fremont Foreign Auto, so we can get your car back to peak performance.
- Low reservoir levels
You should check all the fluids in your Lexus regularly. You likely have a leak somewhere if you notice low reservoir levels for your power steering fluid. Pay attention to your driveway after parking overnight. Check for any puddles which could help you identify the leaking fluid.
- Learn to identify fluids
While tracing down the source of a leak, you should learn to identify power steering fluid by sight. New fluid is light amber or clear in color, but old power steering becomes dark brown. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell the difference between old power steering fluid and engine oil by sight alone. Let us know where the fluid is leaking, and we will track down the problem.
- Smell the leaking fluid
As unappealing as it might be, the scent of the fluid leaking from your Lexus can help identify it. Both oil and power steering fluid have distinct odors. Pull up your car’s oil dipstick and take a whiff, so you have a comparison before checking the leaking fluid. Does it have the same scent as the oil or more of a burnt marshmallow smell? The latter means you have a power steering leak.
- Whiny noise while turning
Your power steering pump is struggling if you hear a whining noise while driving, especially while turning. The problems may be due to a leak or normal wear and tear to the pump, but you should make an appointment with Fremont Foreign Auto soon to avoid losing power steering completely.
- Check possible leak locations
Your Lexus power steering might develop leaks at multiple points in the system. Knowing where the most likely leak points are can be useful, so you can check before calling your mechanic. Leaks are possible in the lines carrying power steering fluid and the seal to the power steering pump. If both locations are dry and you still have steering issues, you may have a faulty power steering pump.
Fremont Foreign Auto has expert technicians trained to use the latest technology to provide top-quality repairs and personal customer service at fair prices. When you need service for your Lexus power steering system, trust Fremont Foreign Auto to get you back on the road.