The modern car is equipped with multiple technologies that enable proper steering. For example all cars today are built with power steering that enables cars to turn with ease. This is thanks to things like steering fluid and the power steering pump, which power the steering rack so your car can turn smoothly. But what is speed sensing steering and how does it work?
Before we learn about speed sensing steering, it is important to understand why cars need steering assistance. Since cars are massive machines built with steel and metal, they are very heavy on the road. This excessive mass puts a lot of pressure on the front wheels of the car, which makes it harder to steer.
This is where power steering comes in by relieving the power needed to turn the wheel. Without power steering it would take all of your strength just to turn into a parking spot.
That being said, you may have noticed that steering at high speeds is trickier than steering at low speeds. While power steering makes low speed turning easier, the advent of speed sensing steering makes high speed steering easier.
How Does Speed Sensing Steering Work?
When driving at high speeds, power steering becomes moot meaning it will not help much. That is because the car already has enough momentum while going fast to allow your wheel to turn. Also, you will never need to make a ninety degree turn driving fast so the need to engage your steering is limited.
But that does not mean steering at high speeds is not important. While you will not need to make a hard turn on the highway, you do need to feel in control of your car while going fast. If not, then the car is at risk of burning out or flipping over.
So what does speed sensing steering do? It is as simple as it sounds. Your car acknowledges the speed in which it is going and applies the necessary pressure to your steering rack.
So while driving down the highway, your car’s speed sensing steering will actually make it harder to turn your steering wheel. While it may seem like a bad thing to have a harder time steering, this actually provides security when driving fast.
By stiffening the ability to steer, your car is less likely to make sudden turns at high speeds. If you have to swerve to avoid debris in the road, your car will only allow you to turn so fast to avoid unbalancing the car. Even if it is not driver error, the speed sensing steering protects your car from flipping over when moving quickly.
How is Speed Sense Steering Applied?
Speed sensing steering is applied both hydraulically and electrically.
The hydraulic system works by the engine’s crankshaft powering the steering pump. But the amount of energy needed varies so an electronic reading system is needed.
The electric application works by a control module determining how much electricity is needed to power the speed sensing system. Thanks to further electric developments, your car will show a check engine light on the dashboard if there are issues with your steering system.
Speed Sensing Steering Repair Cost
If you notice a check engine light or you start having steering issues, then it is worth getting your car inspected. The cost to fix your steering system will likely range from $500 – $1,000. This includes labor, but of course depending on what parts need replacement then the cost will vary.
If the cost of replacing your steering system is too much, it may be worth selling your car. If you drive an old car then chances are your money is better spent going towards a new car than fixing your current one.
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