One of the most vital steps in the transition from traditional power steering service to EPS rebuilding and repair is education. Both shop owners and technicians need to understand the ins and outs of EPS in order to service the new units coming into the shop as well as manage the business effectively. However, that education can be difficult to find without the right partners and resources at hand. In order to fully prepare your team to service EPS, you need the right training.
In order to do what's best for your power steering business, it's sometimes necessary to make an investment in your team and your process. The future of power steering is undeniably in EPS and the autonomous technologies that will come with this shift in the industry, and in order for your business to stay in the game, you need to make the transition as well. While there are many changes that come with this transition, the associated costs are necessary to secure a future for your shop, and the sooner you create a plan for taking them on, the better. In this post, we'll discuss the types of expected costs of transitioning to EPS and how to plan for them.
Electronic power steering has introduced a whole new level of service into the power steering market. Not only are shops and rebuilders now faced with the challenge of learning to service these electronic systems that look and function completely different from old hydraulic systems with their mechanical parts, but EPS systems also require an entirely different approach to failure diagnosis. In order to stay in the electronic power steering game, your business has to have the right equipment to service and diagnose EPS-specific issues. In this post, we'll explain why your power steering business needs a diagnostic scan tool and how your investment will continue to benefit your business going forward.
The first iterations of electronic power steering (EPS) were introduced to the automotive market in the early- to mid- 1990s in the form of steer-by-wire, so why is EPS such a major topic of discussion in the steering industry today? As EPS technology and design continues to develop, the technology became much more widely adopted and installed by OEM vehicle manufacturers, meaning that rebuilders and shops are seeing more and more EPS-related business, and the numbers are still growing. In fact, By 2020, 92% of new vehicles will use EPS while only 6% will be hydraulic. That's a huge shift in the industry from just a few decades ago, but why is it happening now?