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Signs your power steering pump is failing

If you are like most Montana residents, you rely on a vehicle to run errands, get to work and head out on weekend trips. Power steering helps the steering wheel turn easily. When it works well, you can make tight turns and cruise through curves with minimal effort. At Cok Kinzler PLLP, our experienced team often assists clients injured as a result of faulty steering.

According to YourMechanic, the power steering pump applies the right pressure to the wheels so that turning is smooth. It works with an accessory drive belt, hose and a particular fluid as part of the steering system. Several symptoms signal the power steering pump is failing and needs attention:

  • A slow or stiff response from the steering wheel when turning. If you must pull harder on the wheel than usual, it may indicate your pump is ready for replacement.
  • Your vehicle starts fine, but whines when the wheel turns. The power steering system may need maintenance, including new fluid or a new pump.
  • Squealing begins when you start the car, or through sharp turns. This could mean the belt slipped due to a failing power steering pump.
  • A reddish-brown leak under the car suggests a problem. There are several hoses and lines under your hood connecting various systems. If there is a crack in the reservoir, hose or pump housing in the steering system, the fluid leaking out is reddish-brown.

When defective power steering parts fail, the effects can be devastating. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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