Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: my power steering fluid in the reservoir has bubbles and i just replaced the pump, does it need to be bleeded

asked by on

my power steering fluid in the reservoir has bubbles and i just replaced the pump, does it need to be bleeded on a 2001 pt cruiser

Hello, thank you for writing in. The power steering pump should not need to be bled. When the last pump was changed air was introduced into the system. The air is likely not working itself out. If the bubbling becomes excessive, or if it does not stop after a few trips, you then have cause for concern. Make sure there are no loose hoses or clamps that are allowing air into the system. If the system is not leaking and is perfect, you may want to try a different pump. While it is rare that they come bad to begin with, it is not horribly uncommon. For more help replacing the pump and inspecting the system, contact our service department.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • my power steering fluid in the reservoir has bubbles and i just replaced the pump, does it need to be bleeded

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car was overheating, it stopped and will no longer start. I checked the oil and it doesn't look like chocolate milk. What else?

Hi there. One of the biggest misconceptions about overheating is that a head gasket failure is the cause of overheating. This is generally a false statement. A blown head gasket is the result of an overheating problem. When the engine...

Q: lately my van often doesn't start on the 1st, 2nd, or thirtieth try.

Hello. First of all, 500 amps is too high. Most starters pull 150-300 amps. With the other symptoms you describe, I am fairly certain you have a bad connection in the starting system. Starting systems have two circuits. One...

Q: My car keeps running hot then it cools down

Hi, thanks for writing in. There are two possibilities here: either the physical temperature of the engine is indeed fluctuating significantly, or the sensor and/or circuit that feeds the temperature gauge is malfunctioning. The sensor (and circuit) can be tested...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...