BMWs can develop problems with their power steering hoses, which can cause drivers to have less control over the vehicle and make them difficult to steer, which can become dangerous very quickly.
As you turn the steering wheel, your BMW uses a hydraulic system that builds up pressure, allowing you to turn the wheels from side to side. Luckily, if you have a problem with your power steering, you are likely to know right away since it will make the car extremely difficult to steer and control.
There are several things that can go wrong with your power steering system, but experiencing failing hoses is one of the most common issues drivers experience.
There are four main parts to a power steering system: the engine belt, the power steering pump, fluid levels, and the hoses. If any of these parts malfunction, it is essential to get them repaired or replaced immediately by a trusted mechanic for the longevity and overall safety of your vehicle.
Power steering hoses need to be cleared of clogged fluids and free of cracks or fissures. It is important to monitor your power hoses since issues with them are most common when it comes to power steering problems.
Below are the most common issues that arise when there are issues with a failing power steering system:
In order to determine which part may be failing, follow these next few steps. The first thing to do is check your power steering fluid level. If it is empty, refill with fresh power steering fluid. If it depletes again quickly after refilling, you may have a leak on your hands. In this case, inspect the lines and hoses, making sure there are no leaks, cracks, or fissures in the material.
Additionally, turn on the engine and listen for any out-of-place noises coming from the pump as you turn the wheel. If you hear anything unusual, the belt may be worn out and in need of replacing. If everything seems fine, but you are still having issues controlling your BMW, it is best to take it to a trusted mechanic for a proper diagnosis.
Hoses are sometimes the biggest culprit of power steering issues. They can wear down as they age, and may become cracked or dry. Bumping against other car parts as you drive can even wear holes in them. Cracked hoses can cause leaks, become clogged, or sometimes even burst. If this happens, you will notice right away because you will lose your steering control.
The best way to prevent hose issues is to periodically check your hoses for any damage. You may not see any cracks or leaks, but even if the hose feels a bit spongy, it is best to get it replaced. It is important to remember that even if only one hose is faulty, it is in your best interest to replace both of them to keep your vehicle in the best shape possible.
At Ultimate Bimmer Service, we can diagnose and repair any power steering issues you’re experiencing, including issues with the hoses. Our ASE-certified technicians are specifically trained to service BMWs, and have over 30 years of combined experience and knowledge. We take pride in our work and use only genuine original BMW parts and accessories. We understand the status that comes with owning a BMW, and strive to uphold that standard with our services, repairs, and customer service.
We serve drivers in Carrollton and Dallas, TX, and are proud to be a trusted source for North Texas BMW drivers to have their vehicles serviced. We understand the ins and outs of each model and have created unique service plans so your BMW gets the best when it comes to maintenance, maximizing the performance and lifespan of your vehicle.
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