How to Replace a Power Steering Pump in a Beetle

Updated February 21, 2017

All versions of the new Volkswagen Beetle come with power steering, which is controlled by a power steering pump that delivers fluid to the system. If the car is leaking fluid or you are encountering steering problems, you likely need to replace the power steering pump. Replacing the pump will allow air to enter the power steering system, and you will need to bleed air from the system as part of the process.

Raise the Beetle's front end and support it on jack stands. Remove the right front wheel. Detach all the screws from the inner fender panel with a screwdriver and remove the panel.

Remove the drive belt, loosening the belt tensioner and slipping the belt off the pulleys. Most versions of the new Beetle require a 15-mm wrench.

Unscrew the bolts for the power steering pump pulley. These usually require a large Torx or Allen wrench. Insert a hex key in the centre bolt that the other bolts surround to keep the pulley from turning.

Clamp the lines on the pump shut and disconnect them.

Remove the mounting bolts for the power steering pump with your wrench. Remove the pump.

Position the new power steering pump in place and secure it with the bolts.

Connect the pressure and return lines to the pump. On the pressure line, use new sealing washers on both ends of the banjo fitting, lubricating the washers with liquid soap.

Connect the pulley to the pump with its bolts.

Reinstall the drive belt using the tensioner.

Turn the steering wheel repeatedly. Lightly hit its stops to bleed out the air. If needed, start the engine and run it at a fast idle. Add power steering fluid to reach the "Cold" mark.

Reattach the inner fender panel. Reposition the wheel and tighten the lug nuts. Lower the Beetle to the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Screwdriver
  • Torx or Allen wrenches
  • Hex key
  • Hose clamps
  • Pressure line washers
  • Liquid soap
  • Power steering fluid
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Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.