The power steering system is a complex but necessary part of any car. It’s possible to drive without power steering, which gives us easy control over the direction we turn the wheel in, but it’s not safe and it’s definitely not fun. If you’ve ever wondered how power steering works, we’ve got a simple guide for you.
How power steering works is a mystery to many people, but it makes driving much, much easier.
There are several components of power steering systems. One is the rotary-vane pump, which encases a set of retractable vanes that spin inside a chamber and provides hydraulic power to the steering. The engine powers the pump using a belt and pulley. The vanes are what move the hydraulic fluid through the system.
The power steering system remains inactive when the driver isn’t turning the wheel, so it uses the rotary valve to tell it when the wheel is being turned. A metal rod called a torsion bar is connected to the steering wheel and the pinion that turns the wheels, so when the driver turns the wheel it applies torque that turns the wheels.
The Ford Freedom Unsung program, an annual program honoring outstanding achievements by black people in a different community across the country each year, is launching nationwide this year with the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ford officials have expressed excitement at working with the Foundation because of their mutual history of supporting the black community financially and otherwise.
Individuals are asked to nominate a member of the black community whom they consider an “unsung hero.” From these nominations, judges will pick 10 finalists for the public to vote on online. Nominations are due no later than February 14, so if you have someone to enter, do it soon!
The grand prize winner will be chosen March 15 and will receive a trip for two on the 2016 Fantastic Voyage, a cruise organized by the Tom Joyner Foundation for Black men and women with proceeds going to HBCUs.
We’re proud to be a Ford dealership and support the company in this venture!