The steering shaft is an integral component in your car, as it helps ensure you have complete control over your vehicle while driving. That is because the steering shaft is responsible for translating the motion of turning the steering wheel into the physical movements of the vehicle’s wheels.
Because of its tremendous importance in control, you should make sure the steering shaft is inspected as soon as you think there might be a malfunction. Steering shaft failure is life-threatening to both you and other drivers on the road. Let’s take a closer look below.
If you think the steering shaft of your vehicle might be compromised, look for the following signs the next time you’re operating your car:
By far the most common problem that results in steering shaft failure is needle bearing corrosion. The steering shaft has 4 sealed needle bearings that are waterproof and are largely resistant to external damage. However, a broken seal of a needle bearing can lead to the grease of the needle to dry out, which leads to rusting, corrosion, and gliding.
Because the grease is more likely to dry up when the seal is broken, a broken seal can eventually lead to moisture penetration of your vehicle’s steering shaft as well, which can cause rusting and corrosion of the steering shaft itself. If this issue becomes too severe, it can lead to serious damage to the steering shaft.
If you are able to determine this problem early on, you can resolve the issue by greasing the bearings of your vehicle manually. While this is not a long-term solution (as the grease will eventually dry up again because of exposure), it will buy you enough time to schedule an inspection with a mechanic at your convenience. You will need an experienced mechanic to assist you in creating a long-term solution to the problem.
If you believe your vehicle’s steering shaft is damaged or believe the seal of the needle bearings is broken, Dell’s Service Center can help fix the problem. We have served the Green Bay area for over 20 years to provide drivers with fast and reliable service to their vehicles. Because we’re located in Green Bay, WI, Dell’s Service Center also supports drivers in the Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay areas. Dell’s is your leading European auto repair facility, servicing vehicles such as Mercedes, Porsche, Land Rover, and many more.
You can expect us to use the most up-to-date servicing methods and equipment to ensure your vehicle receives the quality care it needs to keep you and other drivers safe. Schedule an inspection with one of our ASE certified master technicians now to help resolve your steering shaft issues and get your vehicle back on the road where it belongs. Call us today.