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The Power Steering Pump Can Go Bad

United Auto Care advises that you can expect to get about 100,000 miles out of the power steering pump. After this time, you may notice one or more of the problems below that indicate that the steering pump is going bad. Don’t worry. We can replace your power steering pump when it needs it. Just bring your vehicle to our shop at the first indication of trouble.

Noises When Steering

The steering pump will start to groan or moan when you use the steering wheel if it is going bad. The tighter you turn the wheel the louder the noise it will make. This is a common sign that the steering pump needs to be replaced. In rare cases, you may also hear squealing noises when you turn your vehicle. You shouldn’t hear any noise at all when you use the steering wheel.

Stiff Steering Wheel

Speaking of the steering wheel, it may get stiff and be difficult to turn if the steering pump is malfunctioning and not circulating the power steering fluid through the system. In fact, you may think that you are driving an automobile that has manual steering instead of power steering. A fully functional steering pump will make it easy to turn your steering wheel with little effort.

Unresponsive Steering

If the power steering pump is in really bad shape, your vehicle may start to fail to respond to your steering. This can be an indication that there is something going on internally in the steering system that is preventing the wheels from turning. Naturally, it’s dangerous to drive an automobile that you cannot control. As such, pull over and call for a tow to our shop.

Leaking Steering Fluid

An old steering pump can also spring a leak. This will leave you with steering fluid on your garage floor. The color of power steering fluid is red. If you see red spots on the garage floor, check the power steering fluid reservoir to see if the level is low.

Metal in the Fluid

If, when you check the fluid in the reservoir, you see metal in the steering fluid, bring your vehicle to our shop right away for a new steering pump. The metal flakes in the power steering fluid are parts of the power steering pump that have disintegrated.

United Auto Care in Flowery Branch, GA, is here to help, so call us today to set up a service visit for a power steering pump inspection.

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