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What is a power steering pump and how does it work?

A power steering pump uses hydraulic pressure to make it easier for a driver to turn the steering wheel. Power steering is featured on nearly all vehicles today. Without power-assisted steering, turning the wheel would be very difficult, especially when traveling slowly, when stopped, or while parking. Although the automotive industry is beginning to see many late-model vehicles that feature electric-assist power steering systems, still the majority rely on hydraulic power. The power steering pump is the heart of the system, pressurizing the oil (power steering fluid) to exert force - up to 1000 psi in some vehicles - for steering assist.


How is a a Power Steering Pump Replacement done?

If your power steering pump needs to be replaced, a mechanic will typically need to do the following:

  • Remove the serpentine belt and any components necessary to access the belt
  • Use a syringe, baster, or pump to extract all of the power steering fluid from the pump reservoir
  • Disconnect the power steering lines that connect to the pump
  • Unbolt the pump from its mounting location on the engine block
  • Remove the old pump and mount the new component
  • Reconnect the power steering fluid lines
  • Refill the pump reservoir with fresh fluid
  • Bleed the air out of the steering system
  • Test drive your vehicle to verify the repair

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How do I know if my power steering pump needs to be replaced?

If your power steering pump is bad or failing, there is a good chance that you will notice symptoms when you are driving. If you notice any of the following, make sure to have your steering system inspected to determine if your pump is bad:

You hear a growling, humming, or whining noise coming from under the hood. This sound will often grow louder when you turn the steering wheel

Your steering wheel becomes abnormally hard to turn

The steering wheel shakes or jerks during turning maneuvers

Upon inspection, you (or a technician) notice metallic particles inside the power steering fluid reservoir

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Other questions customers ask

Is it easy to replace a power steering pump?
The procedure to replace a power steering pump varies a good deal depending on the vehicle make and model. Generally speaking, pump replacement on a transverse-mounted engine (the configuration in front-wheel drive vehicles) is more difficult than on other designs. Because of the pump’s proximity to the vehicle’s frame and inner fender, there is little room for access, and the job often requires more tools.
Can you drive with a broken power steering pump?
If you drive with a bad power steering pump, understand that turning the steering wheel will be significantly harder than it should. It can even be dangerous. Consider what might happen if the power steering pump fails completely when you are turning through an intersection, or trying to avoid a collision. The sudden loss of steering assist can make a maneuver nearly impossible. And if the pump pulley seizes, the serpentine belt will fail and cause other serious issues, such as an overheated engine, a dead battery, and a lack of climate control inside your vehicle.
What can mess up a power steering pump?
A power steering pump can suffer damage if you allow the fluid level to get too low in the reservoir. If the fluid becomes contaminated and is not replaced, damage can occur. And if you turn the steering wheel all the way to one direction, where it is up against the lock (where it stops turning) for a long period of time, you can cause pressure surges that lead to premature pump failure.

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