In cars and trucks, power steering can help the driver due to the fact that it augments steering efforts on the steering wheel. In a power steering wheel, further hydraulics are added to bring more energy to the steering wheel, and consequently the driver needs to provide only modest efforts while steering. Power steering is also useful because it provides the driver “road feel,” or a sense of how the wheels interact with the road. Consider these factors to help you decide whether or not to purchase a car with power steering when you are preparing to purchase your next vehicle.
Power steering systems in smaller cars typically augment the steering by an actual ator and a hydraulic cylinder. These systems provide direct mechanical connection between the linkage that steers the wheels and the steering wheel itself. In these type of systems, the hydraulic pressure steers the vehicle’s wheels and is powered by a gerotor pump driven to the vehicle’s engine. It then applies force to the steering geeer, which steers the wheels of the car. The more pressure that the driver applies to the steering wheel, the more fluid goes through the hydraulic cyliner, and subsequently more force is applies to steer the wheels.
Power steering systems in larger vehicles, such as big construction vehicles, do not have a direct mechanical link to the steering linkage and thus require power. These type of systems are often referred to as “drive by wire” power steering systems.
There are many benefits of power steering. The chief one is that it makes it much easier to control your car. This is of particular benefit when you are driving slowly or need to park the car. A power steering system also makes it much easier to parallel park. Cars with a power steering system also require the driver to use less force when turning the wheels. Compared to vehicles that do not have a power steering system, vehicles with a power steering systems are very light and easy to handle and steer. Keep these factors in mind when you are considering purchasing your next car. Most drivers agree that power steering will inevitably make your life of driving on the road much easier and more enjoyable.