What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Where can I find the power steering system warning light?

The power steering warning light on your car's dashboard is easily recognizable as it may be a yellow, orange or red steering wheel often accompanied by an exclamation mark. In electric power steering systems, an illuminated EPS communicates the same message.

What happens when the power steering warning light comes on?

Often the power steering system will fail and your car will become difficult to steer.

Why does the power steering warning light come on?

The light warns you that the power steering system has failed and prompts you to investigate for a cause. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car.

In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem.

In electronic power steering (EPS) systems, you may find an illuminated EPS light instead. As EPS systems do not use fluid to provide steering assistance, there are no fluid levels to check. Instead, you should suspect a battery issue if you have recently disconnected and reconnected your car's battery or needed to jump-start your car.

What do I do if the power steering warning light comes on?

If this happens, it is best to pull over once it is safe and investigate.

If you drive a car with a hydraulic power steering system, you should check the fluid level by locating the steering wheel fluid reservoir within the engine. It may be marked with a steering wheel on the cap and should have a marked fluid level. If the level is low, you should top it up with the correct fluid as indicated in your car's manual. Upon starting the engine again, the light should remain dark.

Remember that a low fluid level is often a result of a leak in the system and should be evaluated by a specialist as soon as possible.

If your car operates with an electronic system, it may be worthwhile to turn your car on and off again. If this does not solve the problem, you should check that all the connections to your car's battery are correct and undamaged.

What do I do next?

The power steering system warning light indicates a problem that should be investigated promptly. If you need power steering repair, give our auto repair shop a call today!

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