Power Steering Fluid

Power Steering Pump Replacement

The average cost for a power steering pump replacement is typically around $500-$750. You may be driving along and believe that your power steering pump is performing at its best. But, how can you tell if your power steering pump is in need of replacement?

How does the pump work?

Power steering pumps create pressure, this pressure is transferred to the steering gear where it is used to help turn the wheel. After this process, the hose then returns the used fluid back to the reservoir to be pressurized. This is a process that is ongoing anytime the engine is running.

What are the signs that you need to replace the power steering pump?

If you have a power steering fluid leak you are going to notice a puddle on the ground beneath your car or truck. If the fluid level gets too low in the power steering pump reservoir the car will become hard to steer. This may be a sign that you need a power steering pump replacement. When the fluid levels get too low the car will become harder to steer especially at slower speeds. There may also be a screeching noise when you turn. Your car should respond anytime that you turn the wheel. If you begin to notice that your car responds slower than normal, the power steering pump may need to be replaced.

Can I drive with a bad power steering pump?

The short answer is yes. But in the long run, this is not a good practice. A vehicle can be driven with a power steering pump leak. But, this will require constant monitoring of the pump’s fluids. If the leak is severe and it is driven too long in this condition this can cause very expensive damage to the steering system.

How often does a power steering pump need to be replaced?

Most vehicle’s power steering system will last for 100,000 to 150,000 miles before a pump replacement is warranted. Power steering pump replacement is usually an avoidable cost. Just make sure that you continually monitor and maintain your scheduled maintenance program of all of your fluid. That being said the power steering pump is a pressurized system. The parts in this system will eventually wear out. Just like any parts of your vehicle. But with a little care and maintenance, you can avoid the costly repair.


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