Electric VS. Hydraulic Power Steering
No technological advance is without drawbacks, which is also true for vehicles. Modern engines give us better gas mileage and efficiency, but without the charm or control of a manual transmission. Powerful traction control tools can be helpful in a pinch but are also infuriating if you can’t turn them off.
Electric power steering is one of these technological advancements. It’s a new steering technology that has superseded traditional hydraulic power steering. Part of a broader revolution, our cars’ mechanical parts are quickly being replaced by electronic equivalents.
But is electric steering an advancement?
Hydraulic power steering has been around for decades, and engineers have now had years to refine the technology. Electric steering is relatively new, and many people still have their doubts about how well it works.
Why is this important? Along with your brake and accelerator, your steering wheel is one of three ways you control your car. If you’re not getting sound, responsive performance, you’re not in complete control of your vehicle.
Here’s a quick overview of electric vs. hydraulic power steering and why you might prefer one over the other.