Symptoms of a bad power steering pump

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Symptoms of a bad power steering pump
Changes in function or unusual noises are the primary signs of a bad power-steering pump. (steering wheel and dash of British sports car image by Bo Widerberg from Fotolia.com)

Power-steering pumps can develop big leaks or fail from general wear and tear. Several warning symptoms can occur ahead of time to let you know there's a problem with the pump. It may be something simple like low fluid level or a leaky hose. Changes in function or unusual noises are the main signs something might be wrong.

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Squealing While Turning

A squealing sound while turning, particularly at tight corners or while driving slowly, is a symptom of a bad power-steering pump.

Squealing at Start-Up

A squealing or chattering noise from under the hood when the car is first started may indicate problems with the power-steering pump.

Stiff Steering

Stiff steering in cold weather or while turning at low speeds is a symptom of a bad power-steering pump.

Erratic Function

Erratic functioning, such as a bit of slippage while turning the wheel, can indicate a bad power-steering pump.

Lack of Power

Power steering that seems to go out for a second during slow turns is a symptom of a failing power-steering pump.

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