Power Steering Pump

Inspect/Test/Replace

To inspect your power steering pump:

  • Check your pump's fluid level.
  • Check the belt's tension.
  • Check the seals between the pump and the pulley for leaks.
  • Also look between the return and pressure hoses for leaks.
  • Listen for whining or squeaking. This may indicate that the pump needs to be replaced or to have air bled from it.
  • Check for fluid leaks on the steering gear box or on the rack and pinion.
  • On older vehicles, check the power cylinder control valve and pressure hoses for leaks.
  • Some vehicles have an external fluid cooler, if your vehicle has one, inspect it for leaks.

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