How to Determine if a Power Steering Pump is Bad

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Vehicles with power steering require only minimal effort to turn the wheel. A power steering pump aids your vehicle's power steering capabilities. Its function is to provide a hydraulic boost to the steering gear, and this hydraulic boost is what allows you to use the steering wheel to turn the front wheels of your vehicle. The more you understand about the power steering pump, the easier it will be for you to recognise a potential problem.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine if it's more difficult than usual to turn the steering wheel of your vehicle. If you have to put a lot of effort into turning the wheel, your power steering pump may need to be repaired or replaced.

  2. 2

    If your power steering pump needs maintenance, you'll hear a loud, high-pitched sound every time you turn your wheel. When the wheel is straightened out, the sound will stop.

  3. 3

    Check your power steering pump for rust and leakage. Also, make sure the pump's belt has the right amount of tension. All of these are serious problems that will need to be repaired. If you don't have the know-how to check this out yourself, bring your vehicle to a qualified mechanic.

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    Check the serpentine belt on the engine. This belt drives all the car's accessories, including the power steering pump. If it isn't working properly, your power steering pump might not work properly, either. Again, if you don't have the know-how to check this out yourself, bring your vehicle to a qualified mechanic.

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