While some car parts are talked about more than others, they all play an integral role in ensuring that it runs smoothly and you can safely get to where you need to be. Your power steering pump is one of the many fundamental parts that you need to have functioning for your vehicle to run safely. As a car owner, you need to know the symptoms of having a bad or even failing power steering pump.
A vehicle’s power steering pump is required to apply the correct amount of pressure to your wheels so that you’ll have a stable turn. There are some signs that you can be on the lookout for to know if your power steering pump is failing.
Whining Noise When You Turn the Wheel
Whenever you hear a whining noise during a turn or changing lanes, that’s saying something is problematic with your steering system. You may be presented with a leak in the pump or are running low on the power steering fluid. If you are running your power steering fluid dry, it can severely and negatively affect your entire power steering system.
Slow Responding or Stiff Steering Wheel
If you’re turning a corner and you find your steering wheel delay in responding, it generally implies your power steering pump is at fault. The same goes for your steering pump if your steering wheel stiffens up.
Squealing Noise Upon Starting Your Vehicle
When you have a defective power steering pump, there can be a squealing sound when you start your vehicle. The sound usually lasts up to a minute or so when you start your car.
Reddish Puddle Underneath Your Car
Your power steering pump may be flowing from a crack in the housing area or even the reservoir when you see a pool of red solution under your car.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to have a complete vehicle inspection. Our ASE-certified technicians are happy to assist you and assess whether you have a faulty power steering pump. If you require a power steering pump repair, give us a call or visit John’s Auto Care today!