Power Steering Pump Symptoms

Power Steering Pump Symptoms

The power steering pump pusheS fluid from the reservoir into the vehicle steering gear, which applies the precise amount of pressure to turn the wheels freely. There are a lot of symptoms of a failing or bad power steering pump, so if you recognize the following, have the pump inspected by a professional mechanic sooner than later.

Your power steering pump has a very important job, sometimes they go out or fail, here’s what you should be keeping an eye out for:

1. Whirring Noise When Turning The Wheel

If you hear a whirring noise when turning the steering wheel of your vehicle, there could be something wrong with the power steering system. There could be a leak in the power steering pump, or it could be a low fluid level. If the fluid level is left like this for long periods of time, it can damage the entire power steering system. Regardless, the power steering pump needs to be inspected and possibly replaced by a professional mechanic.

2. Steering Wheel Slow To Respond

While taking a corner, if the steering feels slow to respond when you turn the wheel, there is a good chance your power steering pump is starting to fail. Together with this, you may also hear a whirring noise. If you notice these two symptoms with each other, contact the professionals at Bridwell Automotive Center to have your power steering pump inspected or replaced.

3. Stiff Steering Wheel

If the power steering is starting to fail the wheel becomes slow to respond and stiff. If your steering wheel starts feeling stiff, your power steering pump could be starting to fail.

4. Squealing Noises When You Start The Vehicle

While whirring noises are typically heard when turning the vehicle, squealing noises come when you first start the vehicle. They can occur when you make sharp turns too, but they are more likely to occur for a minute when you start your vehicle. The squealing noises come from the hood of your vehicle, and is a clue that your power steering pump may be going bad and causing it’s belt to slip.

5. Groaning Noises

A groaning noise is the worst noises your power steering pump can make. They will get worse as your power steering pump continues failing. If the power steering system fails because a lack of fluid it can damage the entire system including the steering lines and racks, and will have to be completely replaced.

When you start noticing unusual noises coming from the vehicle, the steering is responding slowly or starts feeling stiff, get your power steering pump inspected, and if required replaced. Power steering is a vital part of your vehicle and is a safety concern, so it should be taken care of by a professional mechanic sooner than later. Bridwell Automotive Center makes getting repairs to your power steering pump simple and easy by diagnosing or fixing issues. You can get a quote online 24/7. Bridwell Automotive Center’s qualified and trained technicians are also available with any questions that you may have.


Our automotive mechanics can diagnose your power steering or suspension issue and offer repair or replacement services to fix it for you. Our diagnostic process will also help identify any other issues that might be contributing to the signs you let us know about during the consultation.

No matter what the problem is we will find it, offer affordable rates for repair, and get you back on the road quickly!  Give us a call today at (480) 948-4781, Get a quote using our contact form or stop by our auto repair shop located at  7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253.

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