You’ll know when its time to replace your power steering pump. Your steering wheel will become difficult to turn. If your pump is totally gone, you will have trouble turning this wheel at all when your car is not moving. To replace your pump, follow the steps below.
Step 1 – Locate Your Pump
The power steering pump is located in different places under the car’s hood, depending on the make and model of the car. Check with your user’s guide if you don’t know where the pump is located. If that fails, try calling an auto repair shop that works on your type of car or truck.
Step 2 – Obtain a Replacement Pump
Obtain the right pump. If you prefer a new one you’ll be better off buying it from a car dealer servicing your make and model of car. If you prefer installing a used pump, try some of the local used parts stores.
Step 3 – Install the New Pump
Place a drip pan on the floor under the pump. This will catch any fluid that drips from the pump. Then, remove the pump belt and the bolts that hold the pump in place. Install the new pump and replace the fluid. Finally, turn the steering wheel to force out any air from the system.