Power Steering Pump Replacement Service
What a power steering pump does:
The power steering system includes: power steering pump, fluid, belt, hoses and steering gear (rack and pinion). What does all of this do? The power steering system enables you to turn the steering wheel easily when the car is in operation. When the car is not running, it is extremely hard to turn the steering wheel because this system is not “on”. This system is designed to assist the driver with turning the wheel without the need for brute strength. Imagine trying to parallel park your car without the power steering to help you turn your wheels. It would be a workout!
Problems with the power steering system:
If the power steering pump fails, the steering will become harder to turn. You may see fluid (power steering fluid) underneath your car or have other issues with belts or hoses. Other symptoms that your power steering system is having problems:
• Turning the steering wheel is difficult.
• Power steering fluid is leaking.
• Groaning-like noise when you turn the steering wheel.
When we diagnose your vehicle, we make sure the whole system is checked, not just the power steering pump. When servicing the power steering system we also check:
• The power steering belt and hoses.
• Flush the power steering fluid when replacing the pump
• Inspect rack and pinion system.
• Check for fluid leaks along the whole system.
• Test drive the car.
All Auto recommends:
Changing the steering fluid on a regular basis can prolong the life of the power steering pump.
Why replacing the power steering pump is important?
The power steering system aids the driver in steering their vehicle. The force required to turn the wheels of a car is significant, which is why it is so difficult to turn the steering wheel when this system is not “on”. When the power steering pump fails, the system cannot send fluid to the steering gear, and your steering will be unassisted. Driving your car with unassisted steering is not only a difficult, but also unsafe.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, have the expert mechanics at All Auto diagnose the problem. A power steering system issue is not one to be ignored. We want you to be safe on the road for the life of your car!