What are the Symptoms of a Failing Power Steering Pump?

There are specific parts of the car that are extremely essential for it to function properly. While some may stand out a little more than other parts, they all play a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly and you're able to navigate your vehicle efficiently and effectively. Your power steering pump is one of those essential parts that you need to have working precisely for your vehicle to run properly. You need to be aware of symptoms of having a bad or even failing power steering pump.

A vehicles power steering pump is needed to apply the correct amount of pressure to your wheels so that you'll have a smooth turn. There are some essential signs that you can be on the lookout for to know if your power steering pump is failing. They are:

Whining Noise When You're Turning the Wheel

Whenever you hear a whining noise when you're making a turn or turning the wheel of your vehicle, that's saying something is wrong with your power steering system. You may have a leak in the power steering pump, or a low level of fluid. If the fluid level is low for too long it can negatively affect your whole power steering system.

Stiff or Slow Responding Steering Wheel

If when you're turning a corner and you find your steering wheel slow in responding, it generally means your power steering pump is failing. Also, if it's stiff when you're turning it is a symptom of your power steering pump failing.

Squealing Noise Upon Starting Your Vehicle

When you have a faulty power steering pump it can allow there to be a squealing noise upon starting your vehicle. This generally happens for about a minute or so when you start your vehicle.

Red-Brown Puddle Underneath Your Car

Your power steering pump may be leaking from a crack in the pump housing area or even the reservoir when you see a puddle under your car that is the color of a red-brown.

In any of these instances you need to have things checked out. If you need a power steering pump repair, give our auto repair shop a call today!

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