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B02 - How To Check Your Power Assisted Steering

Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

DSA Answer

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

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  1. With the engine turned off turn the steering wheel to one side.

  2. While keeping the pressure applied start the engine.

  3. If the power assisted steering is working properly the steering wheel should make a small movement.

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