There are a few reasons that might cause your pump to start making this noise. Our ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Rufe Snow can determine why your pump is having issues and how these problems can be taken care of at our auto repair shop.
Low power steering fluid
The most common cause of power steering noises coming from the pump is low power steering fluid level. A lot of drivers in North Richland Hills, Keller, and Watauga do not check the power steering fluid level or quality very frequently. Most people are blindsided by a loss of fluid. Most power steering fluid tanks do not hold much fluid, either. So, your power steering system's capabilities can be quickly affected even if you have only a small leak.
The fluid level can be easily accessed and checked under the hood of your car. Some tanks have a clear tank and a line to mark when the tank is considered full. Other fluid tanks may be opaque, but they usually have a dipstick to check the fluid level.
Failing power steering pump
A failing pump is also another cause of power steering noises. Leaking power steering fluid around the pulley or difficulty steering your car are good indicators of a failing pump. If your vehicle has multiple power steering symptoms, you should replace the pump before it gives out and leaves you stranded on the road.
Trapped air and pump design
If the pump impeller begins to catch air bubbles, unwanted noise and vibrations may occur. It can be difficult to diagnose air bubbles trapped inside the pump. We recommend a power steering fluid flush to drain the fluid and get rid of any air bubbles. Fresh fluid is then pumped back into the system to fill it to proper specifications.
Some power steering pumps may get noisy with age, but they can continue to work well enough. There are different kinds of power steering fluids for different systems. Sometimes simply using a different type of power steering fluid can help reduce the noise as well.
Power Steering Services in North Texas
At Christian Brothers Automotive Rufe Snow, we help our guests stay on top of routine maintenance, such as checking and replacing power steering fluid. Small maintenance items can save your car from big power steering repairs. We also back most of our services with the 3-year/36,000-mile Nice Difference warranty because we stand by the quality of our work. If you have questions or concerns about your car or truck’s power steering system, please do not hesitate to ask! Give us a call, and we’d be happy to schedule your power steering check!