I think it's really important to know a bit about the internals of a car, so that when you are getting your car serviced you can talk intelligently with the auto technician. As well, there are many easy DIY jobs you can do on your car to save your some money which can make all the difference when you are young and starting out. This site is where I am recording everything I am teaching my kids about auto servicing, and because I think it will be useful to many other families as well. I hope you find it useful for your family.
You need your 4WD to be in great condition, especially if you do a lot of off-road trips. But something can give way and cause problems when you least expect it. This guide looks into the warning signs of steering issues in your 4WD. If you notice any of these problems, make sure you get it checked by a professional quickly to avoid accidents or other mechanical issues later.
You Cannot Turn The Wheel As Easily As Before
If you have a later 4WD model, then you probably have power steering which makes it really easy to navigate your vehicle compared to before. But if you seem to be struggling with your steering, then it could be because the steering fluid has run out. Check the reservoir to see if this is the case. This is usually located under your bonnet on the passenger's side but check your owner's manual to be sure. A leak could be the issue, or you could simply have run out of fluid. If the fluid levels are intact and you still experience the problem, it needs a professional diagnosis from a qualified mechanic.
Your Steering Wheel Has Started Vibrating
If you notice your steering wheel start to vibrate while you drive, it could be because of a problem with your wheel alignment. But it could also be something wrong with your power steering. You may need to get the system flushed to remove any pollutants causing the vibration. If you accelerate or brake and notice extreme vibration, your tie rods may have gotten damaged. Faulty tie rods could even make the steering wheel feel loose. Make sure you get to a mechanic for a deeper investigation and professional resolution before a bigger problem occurs.
Your Vehicle Is Pulling Sideways
If you notice your 4WD pulling sideways, then you might have an issue with the steering gear. Steering gears can wear out because they aren't properly lubricated from low steering fluid levels. If you notice that you need to turn your steering wheel too much for a little vehicle movement, then it's a sign of a worn-out steering gear. A squealing sound while driving or turning could be the result of a steering gear issue. But you may also want to get the belt checked to make sure it is in top condition.
You cannot afford for something to go wrong with your 4WD when you're in the middle of nowhere so make sure you get to a qualified mechanic that performs 4WD service as soon as you notice any of these signs.