How To Change A Power Steering Pump
Need to know how to change a power steering pump? If your power steering fluid keeps leaking, changing your power steering pump may be necessary. A power steering pump is what holds the power steering fluid and makes that steering wheel easy to turn and keep under control. Adequate power steering reduces your steering effort by exerting pressure that helps turn the wheel. Having low power steering fluid not only makes it difficult to steer your car, but it makes your car noisy as well. If your power steering pump has a defect or hole, it will likely cause your power steering fluid to leak. Instead of repetitively pouring power steering fluid into your car, it is better to replace the power steering pump entirely.
To replace a power steering pump, you will need:
- A new pump
- Power steering fluid
- A suction pump
- A drip pan
- Let the engine cool completely. Remove the car engine drive belt. Allow the belt to slip over the power steering pump.
- Drain the power steering fluid. Use a suction pump to suck out as much power steering fluid as you can.
- Disconnect the lines. Place the drip pan beneath the pump. Disconnect the feed and fluid return lines from the pump. Allow for the rest of the steering fluid to drain from the pump.
- Loosen the bolts from the power steering pump. Remove the pulley from the pump and then use a wrench to loosen the bolts. Remove the bolts from the power steering pump.
- Remove the power steering pump. Remove the mounting fasteners. Lift and remove the power steering pump completely out of the car.
- Install the new power steering pump. Replace the pulley and fasteners and bolts to the new pump securely. Add power steering fluid to the new pump. Take the vehicle for a drive and make sure the wheel is steering properly.