Your Toyota steering system works with your suspension through the steering wheel. What they do is simple. They allow the wheels complete freedom of movement while also keeping them stable.
How Your Steering System Works
For you, it's pretty easy. You turn your steering wheel and that gets converted into rotary motion. That motion travels down the steering shaft and turns the wheels back and forth, from side to side.
Steering systems vary, but most have a gear box, a center link, an idler arm, tie rods, and a Pitman arm. The most common steering system is a rack-and-pinion system. This system converts your steering wheel's circular rotation into linear motion that turns your vehicle's wheels. Power steering is also commonly found these days. This adds energy to turning the wheels, making your turns easier and more precise. Some vehicles even come with four-wheel steering, which turns all four wheels in unison at high speeds to help maintain your stability and control.
How to Spot a Failing Steering System
Over time, even the best steering system can begin to develop uncontrolled motion. Signs of this include:
- Odd squealing noises
- Grind sounds
- your vehicle pulls to one side
- Your power steering fluid looks dirty or foamy
- The steering wheel reacts oddly
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