POWER STEERING PUMP REPLACEMENT
While there are more than a few different types of power steering systems they all require the hydraulic pressure of the power steering fluid to give you effortless steering. The power steering fluid runs through hoses and by way of valves, which moves the mechanics of the steering back and forth as you turn the wheel. When the pump stops pumping the pressure drops and the power steering system loses its hydraulic power. The power steering pump will fail if the pump cannot generate the pressure required to push the steering parts of the suspension back and forth.
Power steering pumps can develop big leaks or fail from general wear and tear. There are several warning symptoms that can occur ahead of time to let you know there is a problem with the pump, such as:
- A squealing sound while turning at tight corners or while driving slowly
- Stiff steering in cold weather or while turning at low speeds
- A squealing or chattering noise from under the hood when the car is first started
- Power steering that seems to go out for a second during slow times
- Erratic functioning such as a bit of slippage while turning the wheel
- Excessive amount of play or feels really loose when driving
- Maybe something as simple as low fluid or a leaky hose
The best way to avoid having to deal with power steering failure is to check you car’s power steering fluid reservoir regularly and have the car serviced if the fluid is leaking or discolored. You should also check the condition of the belt that connects the power steering pump to the drive shaft, if it slips or breaks your power steering system will fail.