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.
We're currently in a period of transition in the power steering industry. A variety of different steering systems are still common on the road today, including plenty of cars still using hydraulic power steering units. As recently as 2005, HPS systems were installed in over 50% of cars produced in Europe, Japan, Korea, and North America. While that number is changing today, plenty of those models are still on the road, and in need of service, today.
The power steering hose is a critical piece of the hydraulic power steering (HPS) system puzzle. Not only does it connect the steering pump to the cylinders, allowing for easier turning, but it transfers the pressurized steering fluid into the rack and plays a role in proper system lubrication and cooling. But what happens when an HPS hose fails? And how do you know when to replace it? In this post, we'll discuss HPS hose failure symptoms and maintenance best practices to keep your shop on the right track with every HPS rebuild.
As a modern steering rebuilder, it's likely that you already have several measures in place to ensure you can serve as many customers as possible: an optimized shop process, well-trained technicians, and all the parts and knowledge you need for a successful rebuild. But as vehicle manufacturers continue to innovate designs and engineering to improve the driver experience, your capabilities and processes need to keep up. In today's automotive market, there's one major way to ensure that you're able to serve the most customers and vehicles possible — servicing EPS.