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.
GARDEN GROVE, CA — Freudenberg-NOK, a supplier of replacement parts to the automotive aftermarket, has announced its first California distribution location to enhance service and delivery time of its TransTec power steering products to its West Coast customers.
Partnering with Stellar Automotive Group, a single-source supplier of transmission parts and fluids, Freudenberg-NOK will be able to reduce lead time on orders of TransTec brand power steering kits for customers in the region via the distribution center’s location in Garden Grove, drastically reducing fulfillment time. In addition, regional customers will see reduced shipping costs, availability of bulk parts and direct support from a local sales representative.
There’s a reason why transmission professionals install more TransTec® kits than all other kits combined. Since 1978 when the brand was founded, the objective has been to provide the independent aftermarket with the most comprehensive, highest quality kits available. In an industry that has seen significant change and many challenges, the original brand promise that made it the preferred brand has been maintained and has stood the test of time.