After you've ruled out low fluid in the power steering reservoir, there are a few signs of a failing power steering pump. If you hear a whining or growling noise when you turn the wheel, you might only need to add hydraulic fluid, but you might also have a leak. Excess vibration of the wheel, even at idle, is another sign. Shop with us to find new and remanufactured power steering pumps from brands like Carquest, Cardone, ACDelco, Maval and more.
A failing power steering pump is fairly easy to diagnose. As the pump starts to fail, you can expect to hear whining, groaning or growling noises even when the reservoir is full of fluid. You might also notice that the wheel requires more effort to turn, or the wheels might become slow to respond as you turn the steering wheel.
Replacing the pump itself is fairly simple on a RWD vehicle, as it's usually easy to access. It can be a different matter, though, on a FWD vehicle where space is at a premium under the hood and replacement might also involve removing some other parts for access.