Power Steering Pumps
When it comes to modern vehicles, power steering is a function most people take for granted. While it’s easy to become complacent about steering and suspension parts, the power steering pump is a critical component of your car. The pump ensures that the fluid reaches the steering system and that the car can be driven safely.
Can You Drive a Car With a Bad Steering Pump?
While it may be possible to manoeuvre a vehicle with a bad steering pump, it will make driving more difficult and dangerous. For this reason, if you ever experience issues steering your car or hear a strange noise coming from your power steering pump, you should address the problem immediately.
What Happens When the Power Steering Pump Goes Out or Fails?
If the pump totally fails, you’ll have no assistance with your steering, which will make it hard to manoeuvre the car physically. Components such as power steering racks and steering joints will become useless, leading to a stiff wheel and heavy vehicle.
Does Power Steering Go Out When the Battery Dies?
This depends on the vehicle. Power steering can be electric or hydraulic, and these factors impact the pump. If you are dealing with a hydraulic (rather than electric) system and the power steering goes out, the chances are you’ll need a replacement pump.
Can I Just Add Power Steering Fluid?
In most cases, your power steering fluid will be replenished during a vehicle’s annual service. However, if you drive more regularly than the average person, it is wise to check your power steering fluid reservoir on a monthly basis and top it up if necessary. You should also check that the power steering system isn’t leaking if your fluid replacement schedule can’t keep up.
How Long Does It Take to Replace a Power Steering Pump?
The time it takes to replace a power steering pump will vary according to the make and model of the vehicle, the equipment available, and your level of skill. We recommend getting your mechanic to do the replacement work for you, as it can take less than two hours by an experienced hand.
How Much Does It Cost?
Replacement power steering pumps vary in price depending on the make and model of a vehicle. At Machter, we stock power steering pump replacement kits suitable for a range of the most popular vehicles, including the Holden Rodeo, the Nissan Patrol Y61 and the Honda Accord. We offer our customers the most competitive prices possible to ensure that they get the affordable power steering pump their car needs.