The power steering pump has the critical job of circulating power steering fluid through the system. Without fluid, your hydraulic power steering system will act as if your car has manual steering. York Tire & Auto Service can replace the power steering pump when it goes bad. This can happen at around 100,000 miles. Here are signs that your power steering pump is having problems doing its job.
Loud Groaning Noises
If you hear loud groaning noises when you turn the steering wheel, the power steering pump is protesting. These noises will increase in volume as you turn the wheel tighter. You may also hear moaning sounds or squealing. It’s important to have the power steering pump inspected right away at the first sound. This helps to prevent further damage to the power steering pump.
Stiff Steering Wheel
As we mentioned above, if the power steering pump is unable to move the power steering fluid through the power steering system, your steering wheel will be stiff as if you have manual steering. In some cases, you may not be able to turn the wheel at all. If you notice changes in the resistance that the wheel gives you when you turn it, bring your vehicle to our shop right away.
Time is of the essence because the steering may become unresponsive eventually. This can leave you stranded on the road unable to turn your automobile. Naturally, this opens you up to the possibility of an automobile accident. This is why it’s important to have the power steering pump inspected as soon as possible if it is giving you signals that it is having problems.
Leaking Red Fluid
Another sign of power steering pump problems is leaking red fluid spots on your garage floor. This is an indication that the power steering pump is leaking. This is the only part of your steering system that can leak. The power steering hoses can also leak. You may find it difficult to turn the wheel if the power steering level is low because it is leaking out of the system.
Silver or Gray Fluid
Finally, if your power steering fluid has turned from red to silver or gray, the power steering pump is dissolving into the fluid. This is definitely a sign that the power steering pump needs to be replaced.
York Tire & Auto Service in Red Lion, PA, is here to help, so call us today. We’d be happy to inspect your power steering pump and replace it if necessary.