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Steering Repair in Chula Vista, CA

How does steering work?

Have you ever been driving around Chula Vista, CA, and wondered how your steering works? Your car's power steering uses a hydraulic system to amplify the small effort you put into turning your steering wheel to enough power to turn your vehicle's wheels. The steering wheel is attached to a steering shaft, which goes down towards the front axle. At the other end of the steering shaft is a circular gear, which is called the “pinion.” The pinion interlocks with the rack, which is a straight gear that connects to the steering arms of your car’s wheels through tie rods. When you turn your steering wheel, the pinion rotates, which causes the rack to move either left or right, and your wheels move accordingly. We at Dave's Auto Service know exactly how your vehicle's steering system works and can make the appropriate repairs if needed. We've been fixing cars since 1999 and serve residents of Chula Vista, CA , [city 2], [city 3], [city 4], [city 5], and beyond.


Another key component of a power steering system is the power steering pump, which is responsible for pressurizing the power steering fluid before delivering it to the cylinder in the rack and pinion unit. If your power steering pump needs repair, Dave's Auto Service is your 1st choice. The power steering fluid is stored in depressurized form within the power steering reservoir, and only when needed does the power steering pump pressurize the fluid and deliver it to assist in steering. Give Dave's Auto Service a call if you have any questions regarding the steering system on your Acura, Alfa Romeo, or other vehicle.


When I am driving down the street in Chula Vista, how do I know my vehicle needs steering repair?

The following are symptoms of steering problems:

  • The steering wheel is very stiff.

This issue could mean your vehicle's fluid levels are low, in which case you would need to come into Dave's Auto Service for a power steering fluid exchange service. If this is not the case, then there is a problem with your steering system.

  • The steering wheel is loose.

When driving around Chula Vista has your wheel felt loose? This is usually caused by worn steering racks and tie rods. A loose steering wheel could also indicate a problem with wheel alignment. If this is happening, bring your car or truck to Dave's Auto Service quickly

  • You hear whining or grinding noises.

If you hear noises when you turn your steering wheel, there is probably a loose or torn steering belt. This is a more serious issue and if this occurs, you should bring your vehicle to Dave's Auto Service in Chula Vista as soon as possible.

  • Your vehicle wanders or pulls to one side.

This often indicates a problem with a worn steering gear. Premature steering gear wear can be caused by lack of lubrication from power steering fluid, so you should also check for any power steering leaks when replacing a worn steering gear. We at Dave's Auto Service can also check for leaks when you bring your vehicle in.

  • The steering wheel slips when you attempt to turn it.

A build-up of contaminants in the steering system can cause the steering wheel to vibrate or ‘pulsate’ when the wheel is turned fully in one direction or another. A power steering flush will normally fix this problem.


If you are experiencing one or more of these issues with your vehicle, you can bring it to Dave's Auto Service in Chula Vista today. In addition to steering repair, we also specialize in Maintenance & Electrical Diagnostic and Automotive repair.


Your Reliable Shop for Steering Repair

If you are in US, the 91910 area, or nearby, you can bring your car to Dave's Auto Service for various auto repair services, such as auto repair, and steering repair. Our technicians and owner David Stump are Quality in all things auto repair, including Maintenance & Electrical Diagnostic and [secondary service], and are continuously trained on the latest automotive technology. We can fix your Acura, Alfa Romeo, AMG, Audi, and any other car you may have.


Don't hesitate to bring your car to Dave's Auto Service in Chula Vista today! You can schedule an appointment with us online at or give us a call. Dave's Auto Service - Quality you Can Trust, at a Fair Price!.

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