Power Steering Pumps

When it comes to modern vehicles, power steering is a function most people take for granted. It is one of the elements of our car’s mechanics that we somehow just expect to work. While it is easy to become complacent about it, the power steering pump is, in fact, a critical component. It ensures that the fluid reaches the steering system and that the car can be driven safely.

Here are some of the most common questions Machter clients have regarding issues with their power steering pump.

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 undoubtedly make driving more difficult. It could compromise your safety as well as that of the vehicle’s passengers and other road users. For this reason, if you ever experience issues steering your car or hear a strange noise coming from your power steering pump, the problem must be addressed as soon as possible.

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. The wheel will feel stiff, and the vehicle will feel heavier.

Does Power Steering Go Out When the Battery Dies?

This depends on the vehicle. Power steering can be electric or hydraulic. If you are dealing with a hydraulic system and the power steering goes out, the chances are you’ll need a replacement pump.

How Do You Diagnose a Bad Power Steering Pump?

There are some key signs you should be aware of when it comes to the health of your car’s power steering — for instance, any groaning or whining noises while driving can indicate the presence of an issue. Furthermore, if you notice a delayed response from the steering wheel or it feels stiff, then it is a warning that you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Can I Just Add Power Steering Fluid?

In most cases, your power steering fluid will be filled 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. It is also important to ensure that the power steering system isn’t leaking either.

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. However, it could potentially take less than two hours. If you don’t have mechanical experience though, we recommend getting your trusted mechanic to do the replacement work for you.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Power Steering Pump?

Replacement power steering pumps vary in price, and this can also depend on the make and model of a vehicle. At Machter, we stock an array of 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 endeavour to offer our customers the most competitive prices when it comes to their car parts, so you can trust you’ll get an affordable power steering pump rebuild option if you shop at Machter.

In short, the power steering pump is an incredibly important element of your vehicle, so be sure to keep it in good health. If you notice any issues, contact your nearest mechanic for help. Our expert team at Machter are also on hand to assist with advice and replacement power steering pumps and other parts, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.