How to Fix Your Power Steering Problems

power steering problemsPower Steering problems can be surprisingly frustrating.  Like many luxuries in life, once you get used to them being there, they start to feel more like requirements than luxuries.  If you’ve ever suddenly lost power steering in your vehicle, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.  Power steering used to be a luxury available on many cars, but far from a standard option.  On a 1969 Mustang, power steering was an option available from the factory but cost an extra $94.95 to have installed!  Today it is hard to imagine even the most economical of cars not having power steering standard.

Power steering systems have remained relatively unchanged in most passenger vehicles from the time it was introduced until today.  Very recently, some manufacturers have started putting electric power steering systems in their lightweight compact cars.  These systems can help increase fuel mileage and be even more reliable than the old hydraulic systems.  Despite these new advances, the majority of the vehicles on the road today still share a similar hydraulic powers steering system.  Like any system in your vehicle, the first step to fixing its problems is understanding how it is supposed to work so you can see what is going wrong.

Your vehicle’s power steering system needs a few different components to work properly:

  • A good engine belt
  • A health power steering pump
  • Clear passageways
  • The proper level of clean power steering fluid
  • No leaks either in or out of the system

Your power steering system gets its power directly for your vehicle’s engine.  This is done through the pulleys on the front of your motor and a belt running to your power steering pump.  Some cars will have just 1 belt that snakes its way through all the pulleys on your engine, called a serpentine belt while other vehicles will have individual belts for each accessory.  In either case if this belt gets frayed, glazed or breaks altogether, it will definitely cause your power steering system to malfunction.  If you have a sudden loss in power steering in your vehicle, a broken belt is the most likely cause.  If you simply have a squeaking belt, check out our article about noisy engine belts.  In this case, replacing the belt often will fix your problem quickly and easily.

You power steering pump is a pretty simple machine but is the heart of your power steering system.  It takes the energy from your engine and uses it to make steering easier for you.  The pump is operated by the pulley at the front and simply pressurizes your power steering fluid and sends it down to your steering gear or rack.  The most common cause of failure for a power steering pump is the bearing going bad.  The bearing supports the shaft that connects the pulley outside the pump to the impeller inside the pump.  After miles of use, it is not unusual for these bearings to wear out.  In most cases, worn bearings will start to hum or whine and will change pitch with your engine RPM.  When they get very worn, they can cause leakage around the pump shaft behind the pulley and even allow the pulley to wobble.  In this case, the only thing you can do is to replace the power steering pump.

Your power steering system’s life blood is the fluid being pumped through it.  The high pressure this fluid is at is used as a motive force for helping turn your front tires either through a power steering gear or rack.  The actual mechanism for turning high fluid pressure into motion in your tires is relatively complicated and accomplished through a variety of small passages.  If these passages become clogged it can cause your power steering system to malfunction.  In most cases, these clogs will cause abnormally high pressures in the system which will cause your pump to whine and possibly fail prematurely.  Clogs in your power steering system can be hard to identify but if you have a whining power steering pump or a difficult to run steering wheel this may be the cause.  In some cases, a system flush and new fluid can clear the clog, but in some cases you may simply have to replace the power steering rack or gear.

The last and most common of the power steering problems you may encounter is a leak.  First, your system may actually have a leak where it is drawing air into the system causing your pump to whine.  This leak would be due to a cracked or loose hose on the return side of your system.  These hoses usually have simple clamp fittings rather than banjo bolts and tend to be larger in diameter than the high-pressure hoses.  If you have a leak like this you will notice your power steering fluid getting foamy and your pump whining due to the air in the system.  In this case, you can replace those hoses or tighten the clamps to stop the leak.

You can also have a power steering leak where the fluid is forced out of the system due to the high pressure.  This can happen at the hose connections, or at any of the seals in your systems like the seals on the rack or where the steering column connects to the steering gear.  Replacing these seals is often impossible based on the design of the system and replace the whole rack or gear simply due to a leak can be a high price to pay.  The best way to fix a leak in your power steering system is to use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak.  Simply pour a bottle into your power steering fluid reservoir and BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak will seal your power steering leaks as your drive stopping your fluid loss.  Simply top off your system with the manufacturer’s recommend type of power steering fluid and have your car back to driving like normal quickly and inexpensively.

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116 responses to “How to Fix Your Power Steering Problems

  1. anything for the famous ford power steering whine, have a 1999 ranger 4.0 and have replace the pump only to have it still whine, no clogs tried all fluids, atf etc, no luck??

    ps, used the head gasket sealer on a dodge hemi and worked GREAT …..

    Thanks

    1. Skip-

      First of all we are very happy to hear of your success with the BlueDevil Head Gasket Sealer in the past. Unfortunately, we do not manufacture any products that will help with the whine you are experiencing. Our Power Steering product is specifically designed to stop power steering leaks.

      Thank You!

      -BDP

      1. What is the difference between this stop leak and the others on the market? I have tried several but still leaks.

        1. Naomi-

          Some oil additives are made specifically to increase the oil viscosity (make it thicker) and will often slow the leak but often times will not completely stop the leak. BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak works by slightly expanding, reconditioning, and rejuvenating the rubber seals & gaskets in the power steering system system. Once the leak is stopped it is a permanent repair; the product only needs to be added 1 time. After 1/3 of a bottle of BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak has been added you can expect to start seeing results within about 100 miles of driving. Our BlueDevil Product also carries a money back guarantee.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

          1. I have the problem with the steering wheel change everything but no change,now I have to take it back to the shop,Will asked mechanic to try blue devil

          2. Pamela-

            Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and to see whether you would be a candidate for BlueDevil.

            Thank you!

            -BDP

          3. My car leaks about 2 teaspoons of power steering fluid every 3 days. Would Blue Devil work for me?

          4. Tim-

            Based on your description, you would be a great candidate for the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

            Thank you!

            -BDP

    2. I own a 2008 Toyota Corolla(electric steering). I recently got in an accident. I was driving on the freeway @about 75mph when my car had vibration and felt wobbly and would not stay straight. When I tried to correct, the car seemed to over correct and sent my car out of control. I’m wondering what could’ve caused this to happen?

      1. Cristina,

        Thanks for your question about your 2008 Corolla. The problem you experienced sounds more like a failed steering linkage. If your steering to heavy or hard to turn it could have been due to a failure in your power steering system, but the vibration and wobbling at high speeds sounds like you had a tie rod end or ball joint fail while you were driving which would allow one or both of your front wheels to wonder significantly off track making your car unstable and very hard to control. We hope that you didn’t get hurt!

        Thanks again for your question!
        -BD Auto Pro

    1. Ashley-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible in your Lexus. You will be adding 1/3 of the bottle into your power steering reservoir. You should start to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  2. Hi every time I was turning my car my steering wheel would make a strange noise it was doing it for months then all of sudden my steering wheel just got hard to turn put power steering fluid in it and it loosened up a lil bit but still is hard to turn can you tell me what that problem may be

    1. Dejena,

      Thanks for your question about your power steering. Based on the fact that things got better when you added power steering fluid, it sounds like you’ve simply got a leak in your system. Add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to seal your leak, then top your system off with the proper amount of fluid. After you top things off you may have to drive for a few days and turn your wheels all the way to one side, then the other a few times to get all the air out and quiet things down.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  3. My ps was stiff and whined. Just replaced the pump bled it and everything seemed fine. Went to back out, no steering and no whining. A little squeak from the belt possibly from fluid getting on it. Any ideas?

    1. Ashley,

      Thanks for your question about your power steering. If I’m reading your question correctly, after you replaced your power pump you didn’t have any power assist in your steering. If that is the case, it sounds like you’ve actually got a problem in your power steering rack or steering gear. Your pump may have been whining due to an excessively high pressure due to damage or a clog in your steering rack. If this is the case it could cause your power steering to stop working altogether even with a good pump.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  4. Hi my 00 Chevy Silverado still runs never had a squeaking noise, still have steering wheel fluid in the reservoir but hard to turn, can you please help me out

    1. Edna,

      Thanks for your question about your Silverado. It sounds like you’re in need of a power steering fluid flush. Old fluid can lead to small clogs in the system, poor lubrication or other problems that can lead to stiff turning in your vehicle. Try having your system properly flushed to remove all the old fluid and any clogs or debris. If that doesn’t get your steering back to normal it could be an indication that your power steering pump is starting to wear or you have a clog somewhere in your steering gear.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  5. Good evening I had a previous PS pump that was making that loud whining noise even if I put in PS fluid, so I bought another PS pump. It is a remanufactured pump but now the steering is super hard and I can hardly steer the car.
    PS I drive a 2011 Ford Focus

    1. Ahleeyah-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Focus. Being that you have just replaced the power steering pump, it sounds like you may be losing fluid from another area of the power steering unit, ie the rack and pinion. We recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  6. Had power steering pump and belt both replaced and steering wheel still a little stiff to turn at all speeds. When I run through a rain puddle it gets better then once it dries it’s back to being stiff. What could be the cause of the issue please I’ve spent enough money on this issue.

    1. Kevin-

      Yes, BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible to use in your Mercedes. Per the directions, you should add 1/3 of the bottle for proper application. You can expect to start seeing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  7. Hi, I have a power steering leak from my 2008 ML350 (110,000 miles), very soft steering and no noise. Can I keep this problem and just add the normal red power steering fluid or this may worsen ? Mercedes dealer told me I have to fix it (cost around $ 1000) and it is NOT safe to add any “stop leak fluid” because it will harm the system.
    What’s you advice please. Thanks.

    1. Antoine-

      We have safely and effectively used BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak in numerous BMW’s in the past. We recommend adding 1/3 of a bottle to your power steering reservoir. Once added you can expect to start seeing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  8. My vauxallmariva power steering went about 8 weeks ago came back when I stopped the car took it to garage had it checked. has been going ok until today when it did it again so stopped engine and started up again it was back what do you thinkI should do about it .

    1. There is a known fault with vauxhall meriva steering columns. Power steering is electric not hydraulic. It is highly likely that if you contact Vauxhall customer services and the fault can be proven to be attributed to this known issue that Vauxhall will voluntarily replace your steering column at their cost or at least assist in cost. Check out vauxhall owners group forums.

  9. I have replaced the power steering pump, rack and pinion. Clean stop-leak fluid. No leaks are visible, more then enough pressure coming from the pump. Still has a whining noise. Need help.

    1. Jeff,

      Thanks for your question about your power steering system. Whining noises are usually caused by clogs in the system, air entrained in the fluid or a bad pump. Since you’ve replaced so much, the only likely possibilities left is that there is a clog in the high pressure line, there is air leaking into the low pressure line or the replacement pump you installed is damaged or not correct for your vehicle. Try checking the high pressure line for clogs and tightening the fittings or clamps on the low pressure line to eliminate those problems. It might also be worth checking to see if the pump you installed is an OEM pump or remanufactured.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  10. Hi there,
    I have problems with my 94 Toyota mr2, cold mornings steering very hard to turn, improves when car has warmed up, can hear wining noise from pump, I’ve also turned key off and on while driving strangely this improves steering. Fuild is topped up, any advise will be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks Darren.

    1. Darren,

      Thanks for your question about your MR2. The difficult steering could be an indication that your pump is failing, you have a clog in your system or you power steering fluid is simply very old. You can eliminate the problem of bad fluid or a clog by flushing your power steering system with clean fluid which will ensure you’ve got clean new fluid and will hopefully remove any clogs. If that doesn’t help, you may consider replacing your power steering pump to increase the pressure in your system.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  11. My 2006 nissan altima has a power steering leak i changed the pump but still leaking from the bottom its small drops will bluedevil work on 06 nissan altima 2.5s base 4cylinders

    1. Miguel-

      Thank you for asking about your Nissan Altima. Based on your description, you would be a good candidate for the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  12. my 2004 Toyota minivan for a while intermitantly lost power on steering every now and then was fine for months now starting again and with lose of power. it made some type of clank sound fluid never changed but does not look like it leaked any ideas?

    1. Alan,

      Thanks for your question about your 2004 Toyota. Usually, an intermittent loss of power steering is due to a very low fluid level. If your fluid is up to the full line in your reservoir then that would rule out that possibility and would probably indicate an internal problem with your power steering rack. If the rack had an internal failure it would allow the high pressure fluid to leak by causing intermittent problems and maybe the clank that you heard.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  13. While driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on a 3 lane highway at 100 k, without warning the car jerked into the left lane, then into the right lane, back to the left lane and then to the right lane, at which time the driver was able to get control of the steering and exit the highway. Any idea of what caused the car to take over the steering would be greatly appreciated. The dealer has not found the problem. This happened early in the morning on a Saturday or it would most certainly have caused a serious accident.

    1. Rita,

      Thanks for your question about your Hyundai Elantra. The problem you’re describing is really difficult to diagnose, it sounds like even for the dealership. I believe your car has an electronic power steering system, meaning there is an electric motor mounted to the steering column that assists you in turning the steering wheel. Our best guess would be that this motor malfunction and turned your car even when you weren’t attempting to. It may be worth having the dealership check the condition of that motor and its wiring to see if that could have caused the issue.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  14. hi, i have a 2002 mazda etude recently i have noticed an oil patch on the ground where i park the car and i noticed that my ps oil level has droped and theres is oil on the belts and on the inside if the bonet. the car wheels still turning fine

  15. I have a grand caravan 2009 with approximately 70000kms. I went to dealer to fixed the my steering problem but still after a few days until now I encountered the same problem it’s stiff & hard to turn the steering wheel specially if I did not warm up the vehicle. They change my reservoir, they flush the steering oil and put a new one. But still it’s not good until now. So please I really need your advise to solve this problem of my van.thank you in advance and more power..

    1. Rolando,

      Thanks for your question about your Grand Caravan. The first thing to do would be to check your power steering fluid level. If you have a leak you would find a low level in the reservoir and it would cause the problems you’re describing. If you do find a leak, use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to seal to leak. If you don’t have a leak, then it sounds like you may have a bad power steering pump and should have that replaced as well.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  16. I have a Ford Fiesta and has a slight power steering leak I still have power steering and no noise or no burning smell

  17. i have a 2007 mustang and i was out with friends and did donuts in a rocky parking lot and after that every so often i would lose power steering for 2 or 3 seconds and it would come back and i have no idea what is wrong with it. Also, sometimes when i put the pedal down hard you can kind of hear a squeaking sound over the engine and im not sure if that has to do with the belt or thats just how the car is made.

    1. Bobby,

      Thanks for your question about your Mustang. The donuts probably wouldn’t have damaged your power steering system, but it’s possible that running your engine at a higher RPM for an extended time could have damaged your power steering pump or overheated your power steering fluid. You might start with a power steering fluid flush if you haven’t performed one recently and see if that could remove any clogs or debris from your system that might cause the loss of power steering. The loss of power combined with the squeaking sound could also indicate that your engine belt is worn or glazed and needs to be replaced and is simply slipping on your power steering pump.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

    1. Jude-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible in your Mercedes R350. You will be adding 1/3 of the bottle into your power steering reservoir. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  18. I have a 1997 Nissan Maxima. Ive just replaced the power steering pump about a month or so ago. The fluid is still full in the reservoir, but its extremely hard to turn my steering wheel again. What could possibly be wrong??

    1. Tina,

      When you replace your power steering pump you should raise your front tires off the ground and turn them from lock to lock while adding fluid to the reservoir to ensure your system is full of fluid before starting the engine to avoid damaging your new pump. If you’re sure the fluid is full and the new pump is working properly then you may have a very large clog in your steer rack that may be lowering the pressure and making your wheels hard to turn. If you suspect this is the case, you may consider performing a power steering flush to try and remove the clog. This could also simply be an indication that the power steer rack is worn out and is failing to provide power assist and you need to replace the rack.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  19. I have a 2003 Honda and my power steering actually cuts in and out. It isn’t bad all the time, but it is some of the time. It seems to get better as I drive, like it warms up, but that isn’t always the case. It’s good sometimes and bad sometimes and is unpredictable. Any ideas?

    1. Matt,

      Thanks for your question about your 2003 Honda. Usually when power steering is in and out like this its an indication of a low fluid level, or really old fluid. Try checking your power steering fluid level first. If you find a low fluid level, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) and top off your system with the correct type of fluid. Also if you find old dark fluid, you may consider having your system flushed and fresh fluid added.

      If neither of these seem to be the problem, then the problem’s you’re having probably indicate excessive internal wear in your power steering rack allowing pressure to bypass certain components and it may need to be replaced in the near future.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  20. hi i have a 2003 citroen xsara picasso when sat idle if i turn the steering wheel it makes the engine and revs fluctuate they rise then fall and the engine revs fall and sounds like the engine is going to cut out it hasn’t cut out yet and i haven’t experienced any loss in power steering when driving but would like to know why the engine keeps fluctuating when i’m sat idling the fluid is at the right level

    1. Gavin,

      When you turn your steering wheel it puts a significant load on your engine especially at idle speeds so it’s no unusual for your RPMS to drop when you initial turn the steering wheel. Most vehicles have a system to raise the idle when turning the steering wheel at idle to keep this from happening. You can check that system for proper operation by inspecting the vacuum hoses running to and from your power steering pump for cracks or brakes.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  21. I have a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 . When you first start the truck and start to drive the steering wheel is hard to turn. After driving the truck for a few miles it gets easier to turn the steering wheel.

    1. Basil,

      Thanks for your question about your Chevy Silverado. The first thing we would recommend doing is seeing if your truck and steering system would still be under a factory warranty. Since your truck is so new, you may be able to have it inspected and fixed under a factory warranty.

      If your truck is out of warranty, then you can start by checking your power steering fluid level. A low fluid level would cause the problem you’re experiencing and as you drive the fluid would heat up and expand allowing things to work properly. If you find a low fluid level, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) then top off the fluid with the fluid recommended in your owner’s manual. If you don’t find a low fluid level then you probably have a clog somewhere in your system and should consider getting a power steering fluid flush.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  22. I have a 99pontiac grand prix gt.there is no power steering and no leak also no whining.there is a rear main leak and it gets on the belt.the belt is tore a little thinner.can’tAfford to fix the rearmain seal.what do I do?

    1. Annie,

      Thanks for your question about your Pontiac Grand Prix. The first thing we would recommend doing is replacing the engine belt on your car. If that belt breaks it will leave you stranded and should be a relatively inexpensive fix. That may also get your power steering working properly again. If a new belt doesn’t help and you’re sure the power steering system is full of fluid, then you may need to replace your power steering pump.

      For your rear main seal, we would recommend you use BlueDevil Read Main Sealer (Available here: http://store.gobdp.com/rear-main-sealer-00234/) to seal the leak and keep your car safe.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  23. My vehicle is a 2002 Olds Bravada.
    I had low power steering fluid and when I filled it up it seemed fine. However, it usually works when I initially start the vehicle but seems to have issues after it has been driven for a bit. It is especially bad when reversing. That is when it doesn’t seem to work at all. I can usually get it to work again when the vehicle is cooled down and restarted.
    suggestions of anything I can do myself? Regular driving is usually ok but I pull a trailer often and reversing is awful with a trailer and no power steering. That’s when I have the most difficulty.

    1. Brenda,

      Thanks for your question about your Oldsmobile Bravada. If your power steering fluid is full and you’re still having difficulty steering then you might have a worn power steering pump, worn steering rack, or a large clog somewhere in your system. It is probably most difficult in reverse simply because of the low speed and the direction of force on your steering knuckly. The only thing you can try doing is flushing the power steering fluid to see if that could remove a clog or allow the pump to be more efficient. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the pump or the rack.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  24. I have a 2008 F150 and have a leak in the metal pipe that comes out of the bottom of the reservior
    Will this stop the leak until I can get it fixed ?

    1. Jerry-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford F150. The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is only intended for the rubbers in the system. Unfortunately, BlueDevil does not manufacture a product for the type of leak you have described. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  25. hi BDP

    thanks for reading my comment, my ps system make me sick. please help.
    I have a 08 Wrx STI , I have air leak into the ps system everyday. Cold start my car will come with whining noise when I turn my wheels, lots air bubbles in the reservoir, but noise and air bubbles will gone after 5 mins when the engine warm up. Already replace steering rack, some hoses and also some oring on the pump. And also used different brand no leak fluid. problem still there. now my workshop suggest I change the pump as well. I can not see any fluid leak outside of the ps system. What I am thinking is somewhere is leaking air in when the car cold,and after I start my engine, bubbles went out and noise gone. but I can not found any leaking outside the system, so I am just wondering will the ps pump leak? do you think is a good idea to change the pump?

    Thanks
    Sam

    1. Sam,

      Thanks again for your question about your WRX and we’re sorry you’re still having problems with your power steering. The problem you’re having isn’t super common but other Impreza drivers have talked about the same thing. You may consider checking out some Subaru forums to see if you can find someone else who has discovered the source of the problem. Replacing your power steering pump may help, just make sure if you do you bleed the system of air by raising the front tires off the ground and turning the wheel side to side multiple times before starting the car. Unfortunately, since you’re dealing with a very slow air leak it’s going to be very difficult to find in your system.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  26. I had a new power steering pump put on my 2008 Chevy Impala, it is leaking power steering fluid and once again whining and steering hard, what could be the problem?

  27. My vios 2007 had a electronic power steering problem heavy turning.power enough and PS indication on the hood.can this be reset by the shop having diagnosis test equipment.or is there any other problem.thanks

    1. Ike,

      Thanks for your question about your 2007 Vios. Yes, a mechanic should be able to use diagnostic equipment to find out why the power steering indication is on in your car. That should help you figure out why the steering is heavy and get things back to normal.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  28. My car is toyota sienna 2000
    When l turn the steering wheel to left sides is easy but when l turn to right side is very hard. Please help me out, thanks.

    1. Tien,

      Thanks for your question about your 2000 Sienna. The problem you’re describing could be anything from a clog in the system to bad steering component like a tie rod end. We would recommend having your front end checked first for alignment and bad components as that is a relatively inexpensive check. If everything checks out fine there you may consider getting a power steering fluid flush to see if that can clear up any clogs.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  29. Hi,

    I am driving a vios 2012, my EPS feels heavy when my car is in stand still. The P/S light is not on while driving, but yet it feels heavier to steer the car as compared to last time.

    What would be the causes?

    Thank you

    1. Andy,

      Thanks for your question about your 2012 Vios. Electronic power steering may become heavy due to a worn out motor so you may consider having your power steering motor tested to see how much current it is drawing. The heaviness of your steering could also indicate worn out steering linkage or even an underinflated tire.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  30. i have a 2000 dodge dakota sport replaced rack and pinion, tie rods, belt and lines and it didnt leak for a solid month after replacing these parts and now it leaks on the passenger side boot on the rack …what could be causing it to leak after a month…the rack was a remanufacture product…

    1. Cynthia,

      Thanks for your question about your 2000 Dodge Dakota! It sounds like the remanufactured steering rack you purchased may have been slightly defective allow the leak to start so soon. Most remanufactured components like the one you purchased are covered by short-term warranties to guard against problems like this so our first recommendation would be to talk with the manufacturer of the part and see if they will replace it under a warranty.

      You can also try BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to seal.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  31. My 05 nissan altima has a crack in the housing and the mechanic says replace it at the tune of $500. Will Blue Devil seal the leak in the cracked plastic housing? Thank you.

    1. Tim-

      Thank you for asking about your Nissan Altima. The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is only intended for the rubbers in the system. Unfortunately, a hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  32. 2005 Buick Lacrosse. Stirring wheel very hard to turn on both sides. Reservoir is full. No noises coming from pump. When I then wheel to either side I hear hissing.

    1. Irma,

      Thanks for your question about your 2005 Buck Lacrosse. It’s possible that you’ve got a large clog in your power steering system reducing the pressure and making your steering wheel difficult to turn. You may consider having a power steering fluid flush performed on your vehicle to see if it can clear up the clog and get your steering feel back to normal.

      The other possibility is that you’ve got a worn or damaged steering components like an inner or outer tie rod end. You may also consider having those components inspected and possibly an alignment performed.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  33. My 2001 Volvo v70 XC AWD Wagon started doing something strange lately. Will be driving along and the steering tends to move to the right and then corrects itself. No leaks, pump sounds ok and fluid level is ok. Would adding this product help, possible a sticking valve in the rack and pinion system. Your response would be appreciated. Any comments/advise on this issue.

    1. Charles-

      Thank you for asking about your Volvo v70. Based on your description, the symptoms you are having lead more towards an alignment issue than a power steering problem. We recommend bringing the vehicle for an inspection and possible alignment job. If it turns out that a sticking valve in the rack and pinion is causing the issue, the product may be used to revitalize and recondition the rubbers in the system. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  34. Hello! Can i use The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak on Mercedes Benz C320 W203 2000 year. Got problems with steering wheel pump, it does sounds when steering and when i checked oil level it was almost empty, so i added oil to max, now it`s better sound is less but still it`s there, under the pump there is oilly ground, and my car goes to right side, allingment is perfect and tiers are good. Any suggestions?

    1. Edmunds-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible and safe to use on your Mercedes Benz C320. You should expect to start seeing results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  35. I appreciate this article about how to fix power steering problems. It is good to know that a good engine belt will help the system to work properly. It would be best to seek professional help when it comes to installing this belt to ensure that the job is done correctly.

  36. I have a good one. 1981 Ford f100. I replaced the power steering pump and bled the system while front lifted. The wheels will turn all the way to the right on their own. New tie rods etc. Also put a remanufactured gear. Any ideas?

    1. Ace,

      Thanks for your question about your 1981 F100. It sounds like you’ve got everything replaced in the power steering system so that shouldn’t be the problem. The natural ability of your wheels to fall to center rather than one lock or the other is created by the caster. Caster is number of degrees that your steering knuckled axis is tilted backward or forwards. It is a normal value to have measured during an alignment, so it may be worth having an alignment performed on your truck to see if your caster is off and having it adjusted back to factory spec.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

    1. Willy-

      What kind of strange noise are you hearing? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  37. I changed my PS pump because it waqasleaking like a sive.After R&R the pumpfilling it with fluid,motor running pump spinning and cant turn the stering wheel. What do you think could be causing this?.I am a pretty big manand quite strong and I couldn;t turn the wheel with all my might.

    1. Dennis-

      Are you still noticing a loss of power steering fluid? Please contact our technical support team at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  38. I’ve gotten my power steering pump fixed twice it a work one minute the next it wont the wheel a get stiff then it dont it does this when i driving xould it be a block in the system i have a 2007 kia Sedona

    1. Hermione-

      Thank you for asking about your Kia Sedona. Based on your description, it is quite possible you have some kind of a restriction in the power steering system. We recommend having the power steering flushed and filling it with clean power steering fluid. This should get you back to proper functionality.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  39. I got 2010 polo had my power steering pump changed in 2015 then last month I started seeing the power steering warning light goes on and off but the steering is working normal for few minutes then sometimes it becomes stiff for few minutes then goes back to normal while the light is still on,what might be the problem?

  40. i have a 2004 mini cooper. I’ve changed my PS pump 3 times in the last 18 months, they keep going bad on me. no leaks, i’ve been replacing them with rebuilt pumps costing between 5-650 bucks, 2 doormans and one bosch. the bosch is in there now and currently on its way out, the bosch has been in there for about 3 months but started giving me problems the second month. thanks for the help

    1. Eric-

      Thank you for asking about your Mini Cooper. Your power steering system’s life blood is the fluid being pumped through it.  The high pressure this fluid is at is used as a motive force for helping turn your front tires either through a power steering gear or rack.  The actual mechanism for turning high fluid pressure into motion in your tires is relatively complicated and accomplished through a variety of small passages.  If these passages become clogged it can cause your power steering system to malfunction.  In most cases, these clogs will cause abnormally high pressures in the system which will cause your pump to whine and possibly fail prematurely.  Clogs in your power steering system can be hard to identify but if you have a whining power steering pump or a difficult to run steering wheel this may be the cause.  In some cases, a system flush and new fluid can clear the clog, but in some cases you may simply have to replace the power steering rack or gear.

      Hope this helps!

      -BDP

  41. I have a 1998 Volvo S70 with a very little leak in my rack and pinion. It calls for ATF fluid in this model. Will Blue Devil power steering work in this type of system or not since it recommends ATF fluid?

    Mark

    1. Mark-

      Thank you for asking about your Volvo S70. Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is safe and compatible to use in a system with ATF fluid. You should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  42. i have a 2006 F150 .after driving a while the steering gets looser but at first its real hard to steer. Tried the bleeding thing and it works for a day and then it gets hard to steer again. The belt is new. tensioner on the belt is working fine. Fluids are up and a nice colour with no burnt smell. what do you suggest.

    1. Darrin,

      Thanks for your question about your 2005 Ford F-150. If bleeding the system helped, but things went back to being stiff or loose quickly you probably have a clog somewhere in your system. You may also have a worn steering rack or gear as well, but since things changed with the flush, a clog or debris seems more likely. You may try bleeding the system again to see if it helps again and can final dislodge and remove the clog.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  43. I have infinity G35, 2006 coupe with sports tuned suspension. I feel my power steering is stiffer than usual, and I got it check with Mr. Tire. The guy says, nothing visible on the outside (the ends of rack were little moist) , but inside the rack there might be a leak causing this issue. He says, I might need to replace rack in future. Can this product fix this issue? If yes, how to use it?

    Thanks

    1. Dhruv-

      Thank you for asking about your Infinity G35. Based on your description, we recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak. As long as you are not losing fluid too quickly, you would be a great candidate for the product. You will add 1/3 of the bottle into your power steering reservoir and should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  44. I have a Mitsubishi Outlander 2013 EPS system, in the last 2months my steering L + R turns is stiff and heavy feels like the car is heavy to move driving in a S like maneuver feels stiff just general driving is sluggish due to the steering though i do NOT have the EPS light On at the dash which is strange.

    Is it possible that my battery may be low an may need replacing its 4yrs old has been in since i
    bought it new from the dealer Dec 2013, even though it still working fine still turning the headlights and interior lights on i dont get a battery warning light. Hence allowing me to turn L+R properly providing me with no steering assist.
    Do you think battery is worn out and there is not enough voltage getting to the EPS motor hence
    I going back to the dealer but im abit obtimistic about them telling me cant find faults in there EPS scanning tool due to no EPS light no illuminating at the dash.

    No EPS Light at the dash possible issues i think
    ??60AMP Fuse
    ? Battery being old 4yrs now may not be putting out enough voltage to EPS motor (Did leave the interior light on overnight for about ?10hrs might have drained the battery more)
    ? EPS motor malfunction

    1. Jon-

      Thank you for asking about your Mitsubishi Outlander. Based on your description, it is possible that the vehicle has developed a slight power steering fluid leak. We recommend topping the system off to the proper level and adding the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (http://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/) to stop the loss of fluid. If the problem persists, you may want to bring the vehicle to the dealer for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  45. I bought a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica about two months ago. For a couple of weeks — I haven’t driven all that time as I was on a business trip — my power steering has become stiff every once in awhile. I had to add a small amount of power steering fluid. The fluid level has been full. I still have had this happen a couple of times. The steering would respond on its own or if I turned off the ignition. Today, we had a severe thunderstorm and I had to go out in it. The steering became several times, especially on a road with a lot of water runoff. Do you have any idea what the problem is and does driving in the rain puddles have anything to do with it?

    Thanks!

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