Land Rovers are one of the most reliable and sought-after vehicles on the market. But just as any other vehicle, they are susceptible to parts wearing out, breaking, and failing. One of such parts is the steering shaft.
The steering shaft is an important component of your steering system, which allows you to turn your steering wheel to make corners, to swerve, to avoid animals and potholes, and more. When in failure, the steering shaft can cause severe steering system problems. Because this is a safety risk to yourself and other drivers, steering shaft complications must be taken seriously and addressed immediately.
Let’s talk about the purpose of the steering shaft in your Land Rover, Signs of steering shaft failure, causes of steering shaft failure, and what to do when you experience steering shaft issues.
The Purpose of the Steering Shaft
The steering shaft connects to the steering rack at its top and bottom, and is an important component of your Land Rover’s steering system. When you turn the steering wheel, the steering column moves with it and executes the process of moving the wheels in the direction you steer your car. Your Land Rover can also telescope in the steering column for additional convenience, moving the steering wheel forward or backward for your comfort.
If the steering shaft fails, it causes performance problems with your steering system that must be taken care of in order to drive your car safely. If your steering wheel cannot operate efficiently, you won’t be able to drive defensively, avoid rough bumps and potholes, or execute turns.
Common Signs of Steering Shaft Failure
Should you encounter any of the issues below, you should take your vehicle in to be seen by your trusted Land Rover specialist as soon as possible:
- Steering tilt function does not lock. You have free reign of your steering wheel’s control, but as you have likely experienced, your steering wheel always returns to a locked position after being turned. If your steering wheel does not lock up, this is a sign there is a problem with the steering shaft.
- Clicking or grinding sounds while turning the wheel. Any unusual sounds made while turning the steering wheel including grinding, clicking or squeaking signify a problem with the steering shaft that needs to be resolved in order to drive safely.
- Steering wheel operating rough. You know your Land Rover well enough to know when something’s not right with the steering. If you experience a popping sound or any other unusual sound, something is wrong. A mechanic can inspect the steering column to diagnose the issue.
- Steering wheel doesn’t return to the middle. Your steering wheel always returns to center after you steer it in various directions to make turns. This is a safety feature. If the steering wheel does not recenter after turns, there is likely a blockage inside the steering column. This problem requires the urgent attention of your trusted service and repair center.
Usual Causes of Steering Shaft Failure
The most common cause of a bad steering shaft is a broken seal. This causes the grease on needle bearings to dry up, allowing moisture to penetrate the bearings, causing corrosion and rusting. The bearings will fail to function, which causes damage to the steering shaft. At this point, you’re likely to start noticing some of the symptoms mentioned above.
Steering shaft failure can wreak serious havoc on your steering system and is a safety risk. You should not drive until your Land Rover is taken in for inspection.
Cerrone’s European Will Help
If you suspect failure with your vehicle’s steering shaft, Cerrone’s European in Redwood City California will help. You’ll want to have your car inspected as soon as possible, as steering shaft failure can put your safety and the safety of other drivers at risk.
Our certified mechanics are experienced in working with Land Rovers, and we look forward to earning your trust. Cerrone’s European proudly serves Redwood City and the peninsula since 1976. Call today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll get your Land Rover back on the road quickly with confidence in your vehicle again.