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What does the power steering warning light mean?

by Approved Garages | 01 Apr 2017

The power steering warning light is an indication that there is a fault with the power steering system, which will then most likely be disabled until you get it fixed.
Not many people take the time to go through their car manufacturer’s guide or manual and familiarise themselves with what the various lights on their dashboard mean. So, when the power steering warning light comes up, they are not sure what it means.
Also, some people may also ignore these lights, possibly in the hope they may just go away. It is important that you don’t do this under any circumstance! There can be expensive consequences to ignoring some of these lights along with safety issues.

What does the steering warning light look like?

This warning light can be either yellow or red/orange, with a steering wheel image and often accompanied with an exclamation mark. to be in the shape of a steering wheel, sometimes with an exclamation mark.

For cars with electric power steering, the light may say EPS, for electric power steering. Either way, the warning light will be yellow or red in colour.

What are the possible reasons for the power steering warning light to show up on my dashboard?

On hydraulic power steering systems, one of the most common purpose for the warning light to lighten is warning the motorist of not enough or very little power steering fluid. If this is the case, then pull over to see what your steering fluid level is at immediately. If you top it up, if it’s showing as low, then the light should turn off straight away.

With the light illuminated, the power assist will stop working to help you steer. You can still drive the car, but the steering wheel will be heavy, and will feel stiffer, much more difficult to turn, so you need to be confident if you are driving this way, and this should be fixed immediately.

If you have electric power assisted steering, then the fluid levels will not be the reason your steering warning light sign has shown up.

You’ll find, only restarting the engine can occasionally turn the light off.
Like most computers, even a car needs a ‘reboot’ to get the technical aspects to reset. If this warning light doesn’t turn off after restarting, then there is an issue that needs to be diagnosed further by your local Approved Garage. Like hydraulic systems, the power assist will be inactivated and steering will be tough when this warning light goes on.

Find your nearest Approved Garage to fix your steering wheel warning hazard.

If you are concerned about the steering warning light then you should contact your nearest Approved Garage. It is simple to do so; head over to the homepage, type in your postcode, and a list of garages will come up, with previous customer reviews so you can make an informed decision on which garage you’d like to visit.

All our garages are vetted, and use OE or equivalent parts. Approved Garages are a trusted network of more than 750 independent garages across the UK – so you’re bound to found a few near you.

Quick steps to selecting your Approved Garage…


Firstly, pop in your postcode or town


Select a garage near your location


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Then, sit back in the knowledge that your vehicle is in safe hands