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In a hydraulic power steering system, which is what the vast majority of cars on the road today use, fluid must be pumped through a series of lines and hoses to the steering rack. That is done by the power steering pump – without it, there’s no way to move fluid, or provide power steering assist.

The power steering pump is located on the side of the engine near the power steering fluid reservoir. It is turned by the serpentine belt that also supplies power to other engine accessories, including the alternator, A/C compressor and more.

Your car’s power steering pump operates at all times if the engine is running, but it is put under an additional load when you turn the steering wheel (when it forces high-pressure fluid into the lines to the rack in order to provide the steering assist you need). There is no real lifespan for these pumps and in theory, yours could last the life of the car with the right maintenance. With that being said, they generally don’t last longer than 100,000 miles and pump failures at lower mileage aren’t uncommon.

Other problems that can be confused with power steering pump failure include a stretched, worn or broken serpentine belt, low power steering fluid and damaged/seized pulley bearings (the pulley that operates the power steering pump).

If the pump fails, your entire power steering system will be disabled. This isn’t as dire as it might sound, as long as you’re prepared for it. You will still be able to steer the car. It will just require more effort to turn the wheel, particularly at lower speeds. Of course, that’s not something you really want to experience, particularly if the pump fails and catches you unaware. Therefore, it makes sense to know a few signs and symptoms to watch for that might indicate your pump is on the verge of failing. These include the following:

  • Whining from the pump when turning the steering wheel (it may be more pronounced at lower speeds or higher speeds)
  • Knocking from the pump
  • Grinding or groaning from the pump
  • A noticeable lack of power steering assist when turning the steering wheel

If any of these symptoms are present, it’s important to have your pump checked and replaced if necessary. A certified mechanic can help to inspect your power steering system, and replace or repair the power steering pump if necessary.


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Mazyar

6 years of experience
102 reviews
Mazyar
6 years of experience
Lexus LS400 - Power Steering Pump - Atlanta, Georgia
Mazyar calculated Atlanta's traffic issue and arrived on time -- and even before time. Punctual arrival is a sign of professionalism. -- And Mazay's professionalism continued in his work. At the end of the work, my car was back in order.
Buick Park Avenue - Power Steering Pump - Lithonia, Georgia
Marc is the greatest. Arrived on time. Completed the job on time. Did a 50 point inspection with a test drive. Will definitely be hiring him from now on. Thanks Marc, you're the man!!!

Martin

4 years of experience
10 reviews
Martin
4 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Power Steering Pump - Los Angeles, California
Martin is a true pro. Came to my office and on my 2012 Jeep JKUR knocked out the PS pump and belt in no time. Highly recommended.

Frank

6 years of experience
111 reviews
Frank
6 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Power Steering Pump - Chicago, Illinois
Courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. You can tell when someone's blowing smoke up you know where, and Frank was NOT one of those guys. My hunt for a decent, honest mechanic is over. Can't recommend highly enough. I'd never heard of YourMechanic until I was researching my options on getting this repair done, but my experience with Frank has easily converted me. YourMechanic (and Frank) will be my only recommendation from here on out!

Duc

20 years of experience
22 reviews
Duc
20 years of experience
Ford Escape - Power Steering Pump - Huntington Beach, California
Duc was on time and went took the extra time to make sure everything was sealed. He was nice, personalble and fair. Would recommend him to anyone.

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