When it comes to diagnosing electronic power steering issues, your diagnostic scan tool provides the very first step to repair. Because electronic sensor and communication problems cannot generally be identified by sight or sound, your scan tool will point you toward what's wrong with the system. However, there's a limit to just how much information your scan tool can provide and in what format. Scan tools, in general, can't tell you exactly what's wrong with the vehicle, but they all provide diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) for your team to interpret and test. In this post, we'll discuss how electronic power steering DTCs work, how to read them, and how they can help your techs prep their repair plan for success.
Your rebuild can only perform as well as the service and the parts you put into it. That's a general face of the automotive service industry, but it applies especially to the rebuild kits and components you purchase to complete your EPS jobs. When you rely on the aftermarket to supply the EPS components you need, it can be tempting to cut costs by choosing the least expensive option you can find. However, those low costs kits are always lower quality and come with more risks than you should ever be willing to take.