The national average cost for a power steering pump reservoir replacement in 2022 is $24

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What is a power steering pump reservoir 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. The power steering pump reservoir holds the hydraulic fluid to power the system.

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

The power steering pump reservoir is a container that holds the hydraulic fluid used in the steering system. Although it is related to the power steering pump, and may be mounted to the pump, it is often mounted remotely in a different part of the engine compartment. In any case, problems with the reservoir usually revolve around leaking power steering fluid. If you notice a fluid leak on, near, or underneath the reservoir location, the component might be bad. Certainly, if the reservoir is cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced. Other signs of a bad reservoir - occurring because of a low fluid level - include

A growling, humming, or whining noise coming from under the hood, especially one that grows louder when you turn the steering wheel

Increased difficulty turning your vehicle

The smell of burnt oil

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How is a Power Steering Pump Reservoir Replacement done?

To replace a power steering pump reservoir, a mechanic will generally do the following (depending on the reservoir mounting location)

  • Use a syringe, baster, or pump to extract all of the hydraulic fluid from the reservoir
  • Unbolt and unseat the reservoir
  • Seat and fasten the new reservoir in its mounting location
  • Refill the reservoir with fresh power steering fluid
  • Bleed the steering system of any air that becomes trapped
  • Test drive your vehicle to verify the repair

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