Is Your Power Steering Pump Going Out? Here Are 4 Signs it Is!

Power steering is standard on nearly all vehicles these days and that sure makes driving easier. If you’ve ever driven a vehicle with manual steering, you know how hard it is to get the automobile to turn. We’re spoiled by power steering, which is why it’s important to take care of the system with preventative maintenance. At some point, your power steering pump can go out and when that happens, bring your vehicle into Automotive Specialists. Here are signs the pump isn’t healthy.

Unresponsive Steering

You know how your car, truck, or SUV’s steering responds and if you notice it’s become sluggish or otherwise shaky, you might have problems with the power steering pump. Signs the steering is becoming sluggish include turning it further than normal to get the same response, such as when you make a right or left turn or pull in or out of a parking space.


Another sign your steering wheel pump could be going bad is noise when you turn the wheel. In some cases, noise can be caused by low power steering fluid, so check your reservoir first. If it is low, replenish the supply with the recommended fluid for your vehicle. If this does not solve the problem and you still here grinding or whining noises when you turn, bring your vehicle in for a pump inspection.


If your car, truck, or SUV makes a squealing sound when you fire it up in the morning, this could be a belt problem or a power steering pump problem. In this case, and oddly, you won’t hear the squeal when you turn. Rather, your vehicle will screech when you start it up giving you and your neighbors a rude awakening. Have the squeal checked out right away to avoid additional engine damage.

Fluid Leaks

Finally, your power steering pump or the lines connected to it may begin to leak and this will result in power steering fluid on your garage floor. Power steering fluid is red, but so is radiator fluid and transmission oil, so you might be a bit confused as to what is actually leaking out of your vehicle. Bring your automobile into our shop and we’ll find the engine leak and fix it.

At Automotive Specialists, your satisfaction is always our top priority. If you are experiencing any issues with your power steering, our experts are here to help. Call us today to schedule your next service or repair appointment.