What is a power steering pump?
A power steering pump aids the driver by reducing the amount of force needed to turn the front wheels. The power steering pump provides high pressure fluid to either a steering gear or a rack and pinion system, where the fluid is directed to push in the selected direction. This steering assist or augmentation is most noticeable when the vehicle is at a stand still or moving slowly. This pump is typically vane style, and is driven by the engine’s serpentine belt.
What are the symptoms of a faulty power steering pump?
Well, the good news is we can still steer the car with a bad pump. However, it also means that at lower speeds turning the car becomes very difficult. Most people have only driven cars with power assisted steering, which requires only a modest effort to turn the steering wheel. So the increased effort could lead to an accident.
What is the severity of a faulty power steering pump?
Certainly, this is not a repair that will leave you stranded on the side of the road. Plus, the car is still drivable. This being said, a car without power steering is much like a car without air conditioning in the summer - it will not be comfortable. Find a good mechanic, and set an appointment. For most cars this is type of repair will be done same day, nevertheless, best to drop off the car
Overall prices will vary with make and model, but there is not too much variance as with other repairs. Power steering pumps will run somewhere in the vicinity of $100 to $200 with larger volume and higher pressure pumps that run heavier duty gears for trucks usually filling in the higher part of the market. Installation for the majority of these pumps will run about $80 to $150 depending upon the ease of access. In some cases, if the pump has been leaking and contaminated the serpentine belt, it is a good idea to change it as well. Replacement fluid for the pump will run about $20 with German vehicles running up to $40 for a more refined oil.
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Service article written by an ASE Master Technician