Steering Repair in Fredericksburg, VA

Steering Repair in Fredericksburg, Virginia

How does steering work?

Have you ever been driving around Fredericksburg, Virginia, and wondered how your steering works? Your car's power steering uses a hydraulic system to amplify the small effort you put into turning your steering wheel to enough power to turn your vehicle's wheels. The steering wheel is attached to a steering shaft, which goes down towards the front axle. At the other end of the steering shaft is a circular gear, which is called the “pinion.” The pinion interlocks with the rack, which is a straight gear that connects to the steering arms of your car’s wheels through tie rods. When you turn your steering wheel, the pinion rotates, which causes the rack to move either left or right, and your wheels move accordingly. We at Potomac Creek Automotive know exactly how your vehicle's steering system works and can make the appropriate repairs if needed. We've been fixing cars since 1996 and serve residents of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and beyond.

Another key component of a power steering system is the power steering pump, which is responsible for pressurizing the power steering fluid before delivering it to the cylinder in the rack and pinion unit. If your power steering pump needs repair, Potomac Creek Automotive is your 1st choice. The power steering fluid is stored in depressurized form within the power steering reservoir, and only when needed does the power steering pump pressurize the fluid and deliver it to assist in steering. Give Potomac Creek Automotive a call if you have any questions regarding the steering system on your Ford, Nissan, or other vehicle.

When I am driving down the street in Fredericksburg, how do I know my vehicle needs steering repair?

The following are symptoms of steering problems:

  • The steering wheel is very stiff.

This issue could mean your vehicle's fluid levels are low, in which case you would need to come into Potomac Creek Automotive for a power steering fluid exchange service. If this is not the case, then there is a problem with your steering system.

  • The steering wheel is loose.

When driving around Stafford County, has your wheel felt loose? This is usually caused by worn steering racks and tie rods. A loose steering wheel could also indicate a problem with wheel alignment. If this is happening, bring your car or truck to Potomac Creek Automotive quickly.

  • You hear whining or grinding noises.

If you hear noises when you turn your steering wheel, there is probably a loose or torn steering belt. This is a more serious issue and if this occurs, you should bring your vehicle to Potomac Creek Automotive in Fredericksburg as soon as possible.

  • Your vehicle wanders or pulls to one side.

This often indicates a problem with a worn steering gear. Premature steering gear wear can be caused by lack of lubrication from power steering fluid, so you should also check for any power steering leaks when replacing a worn steering gear. We at Potomac Creek Automotive can also check for leaks when you bring your vehicle in.

  • The steering wheel slips when you attempt to turn it.

A build-up of contaminants in the steering system can cause the steering wheel to vibrate or ‘pulsate’ when the wheel is turned fully in one direction or another. A power steering flush will normally fix this problem.

If you are experiencing one or more of these issues with your vehicle, you can bring it to Potomac Creek Automotive in Fredericksburg today. In addition to steering repair, we also specialize in wheel alignment and state inspections.

Your Trusted Shop for Steering Repair

If you are in Stafford County, the 22405 area or nearby, you can bring your car to Potomac Creek Automotive for various auto repair services, such as check engine light diagnostics, auto air conditioning repair, and steering repair. Our technicians are exceptional in all things auto repair and are continuously trained on the latest automotive technology. We can fix your Ford, Nissan, Honda, Jeep, and any other car you may have. Here are some things that make our shop unique:

  • We have a relaxing waiting room with free WiFi, drinks, and snacks. 
  • We offer financing through the Bosch program.
  • All of our technicians are ASE Certified.
  • Most of our services come with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.
  • We offer a free shuttle service to take you where you need to go if your vehicle is in our shop for an extended period of time.

Don't hesitate to bring your car to Potomac Creek Automotive in Fredericksburg today! You can schedule an appointment with us online at or give us a call at 540-361-6486. Potomac Creek Automotive - Stafford County's Top Auto Repair Shop.


(540) 390-1482

44 Potomac Creek Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Mon – Fri: 8am-6pm

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Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any issues with your vehicle, but show you.

If we uncover an issue the photo will be e-mailed to you for your records. At the end of every visit you will receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.

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