Also known as power steering, this consists of a pump that when applied sends the correct amount of pressure to the wheels for smooth turning. A drive belt turns the power steering pump to create pressure. This pressure comes in the form of power steering fluid, which gets pumped from the reservoir container into the steering gear as needed. We will be looking at common signs of a bad or failing power steering pump.
Whining Noise While Turning the Wheel
When turning your steering wheel, if you feel it is slow to respond to the input made, it’s most likely that your power steering pump is failing, particularly when it’s accompanied by a whining noise. The steering wheel may also feel stiff when turning.
Squealing Noises When the Vehicle Starts
A faulty power steering pump can also contribute to squealing noises when starting the vehicle. Though they may also occur during sharp turns, you are more likely to hear them for a minute when your car first starts. If it seems like it’s coming from the hood of your vehicle, it’s a sign of a failing power steering pump causing the belt to slip.
Groaning noises are a sign of a lack of fluid in the power steering system and can eventually damage the whole system, including the steering rack and lines. They will get increasingly worse as your power steering pump continues to fail and could lead to a complete power steering system replacement.
Reddish-Brown Oil Puddle Under Car
Though it could also be from the lines, hoses, and other steering gears, the power steering pump could be leaking fluid from a crack in the pump housing or reservoir. A red or red-brown oil puddle beneath your car points toward the power steering pump. The pump will need diagnosis by a mechanic and most-likely replacement.
As soon as you notice unusual noises coming from your vehicle or the steering is stiff or slow to respond, have your power steering pump inspected, and if it needs replacement, change it. Power steering is an essential part of your vehicle and is a safety issue, so it should be taken care of by a professional as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with a specialist HERE