Pick a Winner: Power Steering Control Valve
Unless your ride is from ancient times, it most likely comes with power steering. Thanks to this automotive innovation, you're able to maneuver through traffic more effectively. This is achieved through the use of a power steering control valve (PSCV), which directs the flow of steering fluid to the proper end of the power cylinder. Unfortunately, the "orifices" of this component may eventually become stripped, causing problems with the steering. The good news is you can have your PSCV replaced in order to fix this problem. Before you go buying the first control valve you see, though, make sure you survey the playing field first. Here are some need-to-know facts about replacement power steering control valves.
Factors to consider
The price range for a PSCV varies by brand and design. Don't settle for PSCVs from abroad because they're not worth your money. 100 bucks should get you a good one. Of course you'll get what you pay for if you choose to buy a more expensive one, but you're safe as long as stay within the 100-200 dollar range.
Make sure the PSCV you order comes with OE style seals and O-rings that will help prevent any unwanted leaks. Getting a PSCV with all the trimming will surely help you save a buck or two, as well as the trouble of having to shop for such hardware.
Look for a PSCV that's tried and tested using the latest technology and that can provide optimum fluid flow valve operation.
Fit and compatibility
Confirm with the manufacturer whether or not the PSCV your getting will work on your ride's make and model. Also, go for direct fit OE replacement PSCVs so that you won't have to break a sweat when it comes to installation.
Recommended brand part
One PSCV that comes highly recommended is the A1 Cardone power steering control valve. This component is very durable and is sure to provide you with smooth and long-lasting steering.
Replacing a Power Steering Control Valve
How does you power steering work? It puts a small amount of liquid under pressure using a pump, which is powered by the engine. When the wheels turn, the power steering control valve (PSCV) directs the flow of the power steering fluid to the proper end of the power cylinder, which results in smoother and safer vehicle handling. However, like all auto parts, your PSCV can eventually wear out and malfunction, resulting in unreliable steering. Luckily, you can easily have this component replaced with a new one in order to restore the overall handling of your ride. You can install the new PSCV yourself, but you'll need some basic tools and plenty of elbow grease. So follow these next few steps and you'll have your power steering back in fighting form.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools you'll need:
- Safety gloves, goggles, closed shoes
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Ratchet and socket
- New PSCV
- Tie rod puller or small pitman arm puller
- An Assistant
Before you begin: Make sure that you are parked on a flat, level surface. Also wear safety gear-closed shoes, goggles, and gloves-to prevent any unwanted mishaps.
Step 1: .Jack the car up then prop it up with jack stands. Never work under your ride relying solely on the floor jack to hold up your ride. Turn the tires to the right so that the pitman arm is at the center of the vehicle.
Step 2: Separate the pitman arm from the ball stud using a tie rod puller or small pitman arm puller.
Step 3: Remove the hoses connected to the PSCV and the bolt that secure the PSCV to the drag link.
Step 4: Unscrew the PSCV and remove it. Then screw in the new PSCV securely.
Step 5: Reconnect the PSCV to the drag link and return the hoses connected to it.
Step 6: Reassemble everything in the reverse order.
Step 7: Lower your vehicle back down to the ground and you're all set.