Electric Vs. Hydraulic Steering: Which Is Better?

Electric Vs. Hydraulic Steering: Which Is Better?

Steering systems are the unsung heroes of every drive, ensuring smooth navigation on every twist and turn. At Independent Vehicle Service, we get asked many questions about the differences between electric and hydraulic steering. Let’s steer into this topic and discover how they work and, ultimately, which one is better. If you need power steering repair done on your ride in Albuquerque, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your next service.

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Taking Charge With Electric Steering

Electric power steering (EPS) is a fairly modern technology that is found in most new cars. EPS operates using an electric motor to assist the driver in steering. Sensors detect the driver's input (turning the wheel), and the electric motor provides the necessary power to make your turn with ease. This system is more energy-efficient as it only uses power when steering assistance is needed. Plus, with fewer components like pumps, fluids, and hoses, EPS offers a more straightforward design.

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Fluid Motion With Hydraulic Steering

Hydraulic power steering (HPS) is a traditional design that has been used for generations. HPS utilizes a hydraulic pump that's driven by your car’s engine to send hydraulic fluid through a series of valves and hoses to aid in steering. The result? A more analog and connected driving feel that is preferred by some driving enthusiasts.

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Durability and Longevity

While both systems have their merits, EPS systems are generally considered more reliable. With fewer moving parts and no fluid to replace, they tend to have a longer lifespan with fewer issues. On the other hand, HPS, with its fluid-based system, may experience leaks or pump failures.

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Cost Considerations

When it comes to repairs, EPS typically takes the crown for being more cost-effective. Since there are no hydraulic fluid or pump replacements needed, maintenance costs are generally lower. However, if the EPS system entirely fails, replacements can be pricey, but such occurrences are relatively rare.

In the grand duel of steering systems, both electric and hydraulic have their champions. It truly comes down to individual preference and driving style, as well as the age of your vehicle. If you're ever in a bind with your power steering system and need expert car maintenance, our team at Independent Vehicle Service is always at your service. Contact us today, and let's help steer you in the right direction!

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