Types of Power Steering Problems

power steering problemsWhile never leaving you completely stranded, power steering problems can be extremely annoying at the very least and downright dangerous at their worst.  If you’ve ever had your engine drive belt snap while you were driving and have a sudden loss of power steering then you know exactly how terrifying this can be.  Also, if you’ve ever had a complete loss of power steering and tried back out of a tight parking space you know how nearly impossible it is to turn the wheel without the hydraulic assistance of your power steering system.

Power steering problems can happen for a variety of reasons so we’re going to talk through the most common ones to help you diagnose your problem and get your vehicle turning easily again.

Power Steering Problems

  • Loss of Fluid
  • Worn Pump
  • Air in the system
  • Clog in the system

Loss of Fluid

One of the most common problems power steering systems have is leaks.  The high pressure of the system combined with the soft hoses carrying the fluid makes it relatively susceptible to leaks.  A low fluid level can cause a whining power steering pump and even a loss of fluid pressure and a loss of steering assistance.  If you find a leak in the high or low-pressure hose, the best way to stop the leak is by simply replacing the hose. If you find a leak in the steering gear, rack or power steering pump, use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to seal the leak.  Then, top off the system with BlueDevil Synthetic Power Steering Fluid to get your system running like normal again.  BlueDevil Synthetic Power Steering Fluid can mix with any power steering fluid your system may have installed in it and will continue to condition the seals in your system to prevent future leaks.

Worn Pump

Like any other mechanical system, power steering pumps will wear out.  A worn power steering pump may hum or whine or may not make any noise at all.  Either way, it will have a low fluid pressure that will not give as much assistance as you try to turn your steering wheel.  Diagnosing low-pressure pumps is extremely difficult as there are usually no high-pressure ports in the system. In this case, the only option is to replace the pump.

Air in the system

Air in your power steering system will also reduce the pressure and the ability for your system to provide steering assistance.  If the system has the correct amount of fluid in it, air usually gets in due to leaks in the low-pressure line or the line from the reservoir to the pump in remote reservoir systems.  Replacing these lines and checking the connections for loose fittings or bad o-rings can help seal the system, remove the air and quiet down the system.

Clog in the system

Clogs are the most difficult power steering problems to diagnose.  Similar to checking for a low-pressure pump output, the lack of pressure ports in your power steering system makes it hard to find clogs if they exist in your system.  Clogs are usually due to worn components or dirty power steering fluid and can sometimes be removed by flushing the system.

After you’ve repaired your power steering system, consider refilling it with BlueDevil Power Steering Fluid to keep things working smoothly and quietly no matter what kind of car you drive.

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4 responses to “Types of Power Steering Problems

  1. Hi
    I have a 1999 Caddy STS. I loose the power steering when I park the car. not at any other time.So far as I can tell there are no leaks.any sugestions?

  2. Hi
    I have a VW passat 2000.
    I lose the power steering when the car has started moving sort of like a small distance realy, what could be the cause.
    Ps. Recently replaced the pump and the rack..
    Please help

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