When your power steering business is built around electronic power steering, it's going to look and run a lot differently than a traditional hydraulic shop. One of the biggest changes you'll need to make during the transition process is making sure you have all the right tools and equipment on hand to ensure you can handle modern EPS service. In addition to investing in a diagnostic scan tool and the high quality rebuild parts you need to do a successful EPS repair, you may also run into situations where you need a more specialized or even custom tool to get the job done.
Preparatory education and training are massive contributors to the success of your shop's electronic power steering rebuilds and repairs, but sometimes the unexpected happens during your service and forces you to take a step back and analyze your options. Even with some background knowledge of EPS, your team will still likely run into service issues now and again that require some troubleshooting. While EPS is currently dominating today's steering market, service information on the newest EPS systems and parts can be limited and somewhat difficult to come by. However, when you run into EPS service issues, you're not alone.
With the transition to electronic power steering service, several different elements of your power steering shop may need to change drastically. To name just a few examples, your diagnosis and rebuild process, your tool kit, and the rebuild components that you use may all need to change in order to deal with the demands of vehicles that use EPS. Additionally, one other element of your shop that may need adjusting is your team of technicians and employees. Because of the specialized nature of EPS service and the skills involved in it, you may need to consider whether your team can tackle EPS programming or you'll need to hire a dedicated programming expert.
In this post, we'll explain whether your power steering shop needs an EPS programmer based on the role that specialist will play in your rebuild process.
The power steering market has seen multiple developments in steering technology over the years, but perhaps the largest platform transition in history is happening right now. More rapidly than ever, vehicle manufacturers are changing to a fully electronic power steering assembly in all or a majority of their new year models. Anecdotally, the industry's switch to an EPS platform may not seem like something that needs to be a huge concern for power steering businesses and remanufacturers, but taking a look at the power steering market by the numbers can truly reveal the massive scope of the transition that's going on in our industry.
In this post, we'll provide IHS data and statistics on EPS and steering technology trends in recent and coming years as well as discuss how these trends will affect the future of the aftermarket steering industry.
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.