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6 Signs You Need To Replace Your Power Steering Pump

A power steering pump is an integral piece of your car’s steering and suspension system. It sends fluid to your car’s steering components to help you quickly and easily steer. Identifying when your pump is having trouble can prevent costly repairs and dangerous driving situations. Here are six signs of a worn-out power steering pump.

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1. There’s a squealing sound when you start the car

If your car squeals when you turn the ignition, it may be a sign that your steering pump needs to be replaced. It could also be a loose or worn accessory belt, so check that first. However, if the noise continues every time you turn the ignition, a faulty pump may be the cause.

2. There are groaning noises when you turn

Groaning noises emanating from your car every time you turn the wheel means you should take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. Groaning means the steering system isn’t getting the fluid it needs to function. If left unchecked, this can lead to a need for costly repairs.

3. The steering wheel is slow to respond

If you turn your steering wheel and the car doesn’t respond immediately, the problem may be the steering pump. This can lead to dangerous situations on the road, so be sure to get your car to a mechanic to get the steering inspected.

4. A stiff steering wheel

If it’s taking more strength than usual to turn your wheel, it means that the power steering fluid isn’t getting to the components designed to help you steer more easily. A faulty pump may be to blame.

5. The level of power steering fluid is low

While doing regular checks under the hood, if you notice your car’s power steering fluid is always low, it’s time to get your vehicle serviced. Low power steering fluid is a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in your steering system, and it may be your pump. Check the ground underneath your car’s parking spot. Power steering fluid is usually red or orange.

6. The power steering fluid is grey

Grey power steering fluid indicates that the fluid has oxidized and won’t work as well as it should. Oxygen may be getting into the fluid through the pump. Metal flakes in the liquid are also a clue that something is amiss in your steering system.

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At Minit-Tune & Brake Centres, we have more than 45 years in steering and suspension repairs. Our auto technicians use only name-brand parts so you can feel confident in the quality of your repairs. To schedule an appointment at one of our locations in British Columbia or Calgary, Alberta, contact us today.

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