A big part of why you feel safe and confident in your Volvo is because when you turn the steering wheel, it does exactly as your command without hesitation. This allows you to be in full control of where your vehicle goes. This is due to the steering column, or the assembly that connects your steering wheel to what is called the steering gear. The steering gear is connected to the vehicle’s suspension, which points your wheels in the direction you wish to go. If the steering column malfunctions, that confidence will be gone as your Volvo will be harder to handle as well as more unpredictable.
Grinding or Clicking Noise
If you hear a grinding or clicking sound whenever you turn the wheel, it is possible the gears within the steering column mechanism are damaged or broken, or that dirt/debris has gotten into the column and is impeding movement. You are also likely to notice it is harder to steer the car than it used to be.
Steering Wheel Does Not Center
After a turn, the steering wheel normally centers itself. If this fails to happen, it is a sign that the steering column is not working properly.
Vibration of the Steering Wheel
If your steering wheel is vibrating, it might be due to a malfunctioning steering column. Note that this is more often caused by wheels that are out of alignment or worn tie rods in your Volvo’s suspension system. However, you cannot rule out the steering column being the problem when you notice vibrations, especially if it is accompanied by any other signs in this list. Always be sure to inform your mechanic of any and all symptoms you notice so they have plenty of information to go off of when they begin their diagnostic process.
If your steering wheel feels loose, the gear mechanism attached to the column might be faulty. Normally the wheel is relatively tight, and you know how hard it is to turn your wheel from experience driving your car. So if suddenly it is looser, suspect the steering column assembly.
If while driving your Volvo pulls to one side or simply wanders along the road despite you not directing it to via the steering input, the steering gear might be malfunctioning. This is a dangerous scenario that cannot be ignored. You are no longer in control of where the vehicle goes on the road, putting you and others in danger. Be sure to have such an issue inspected immediately and your car towed to a trusted garage. You do not want to risk having an accident and hurting yourself or someone else because of this problem!
You might notice the steering wheel slips out of your grip when attempting to turn it or even when just trying to hold it in a steady position. This symptom might be related to failure of the power steering system as well. However, any problem concerning the steering warrants inspection of the steering column in particular.
Carotech Automotive for Your Volvo’s Steering Column Service and Repairs
There are many signs that your Volvo’s steering column is in need of service and/or repairs, as can be clearly seen from the above list. If you notice any of these, you should bring your car to a reputable service center for inspection. However, even if you do not happen to notice anything, it is always a good idea to periodically have your Volvo inspected thoroughly so any issues can be addressed early before they become noticeable or even cause damage to your vehicle.
Carotech Automotive is the go-to shop in Los Angeles for European vehicles, having been in business for over 50 years. Our ASE certified mechanics have decades of experience working with import vehicles, including Volvos. All our work comes with a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty. Carotech Automotive is a AAA approved facility as well!
To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 424-283-4303 or use our online form. Our address is 8687 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90035, and we are open from 8AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday. We look forward to earning your business.