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Power Steering Problems That Point to the Pump

Midwest Auto Care & Transmission Center is going to list power steering problems that are associated with the power steering pump. If you are having difficulties steering your automobile, have your vehicle towed to our shop so we can inspect the steering system. If you need a new power steering pump, we will replace it. Here are signs that you do.

Complaining When Steering

Your power steering pump might start to complain when you turn the steering wheel. It will do so by making moaning or groaning sounds. As you turn the wheel tighter, the sounds will get louder. In some cases, the pump may also squeal or whine. You shouldn’t hear any noises when you turn the steering wheel. If you do, head straight to our shop.

Difficulty Turning the Wheel

If the pump is having problems doing its job, which is circulating the power steering fluid through the system, you may find it unusually difficult to turn the steering wheel. If you have driven a vehicle with manual steering, it will feel like this. In severe cases, however, the steering wheel may be particularly tight and you won’t be able to turn it.

No Response to Steering

It’s best to have your automobile towed to our shop if it is no longer responding to your steering. This can indicate a problem with the steering pump, the steering system, or an issue with your vehicle’s suspension. It’s never a good idea to drive your automobile when you are having problems controlling it. Pull over and call for a tow truck instead.

Leaking Power Steering Fluid

As the pump gets older, it may start to leak power steering fluid onto your garage floor. Check the color of the fluid on the floor. If it is red, it could be power steering fluid. Unfortunately, the steering system needs the fluid to make it easy to navigate your automobile. Leaking power steering fluid can make it hard to turn the steering wheel and control your vehicle.

Metal Shavings in the Fluid

Finally, the power steering pump may get so old that it starts to disintegrate into the power steering fluid. When this happens, you end up with metal shavings in the fluid. The only way to resolve this issue is to replace the power steering pump.

Midwest Auto Care & Transmission Center in Lake Station, IN, is here to help, so give us a call today. We’d be happy to inspect your automobile’s power steering system.

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