The power steering pump is an essential part of your vehicle’s steering mechanism, allowing you to easily steer your car or truck without having to exert too much effort. Unfortunately, over time the power steering pump can become worn and damaged. When this happens, it needs to be replaced in order for your car or truck to function properly. This article will explain how you can replace a power steering pump in 6 simple steps.
Tools and Parts Needed
In order to replace a power steering pump, you’ll need the following tools and parts:
- New Power Steering Pump
- Socket Wrench Set
- Screwdriver Set
- Fluid Refill Kit (optional)
Removing the Old Pump
The first step is to remove the old power steering pump from its location in the engine bay by using a socket wrench set to loosen and remove all of the mounting bolts that secure it in place. Once all of the bolts are removed, carefully pull out the old pump from its location and discard it appropriately.
Installing the New Pump
Once the old pump is removed, take the new power steering pump and position it in its place. Then use the socket wrench set to reattach all of the mounting bolts that secure it in place. Make sure to tighten them just enough so that they will not come loose, but not overly tight as this can cause damage to the new pump.
Refilling with Fluid
Once the new power steering pump is installed, you’ll need to fill it with power steering fluid using a fluid refill kit or a funnel and bottle of power steering fluid. When refilling, make sure to check your car’s manual for specifics on which type of fluid should be used and how much should be added.
Dismantling and Cleaning
Before testing out your new pump, you’ll want to take some additional steps in order to ensure its longevity and performance. This includes dismantling all of the components from your old power steering pump (such as hoses, O-rings, etc.) and thoroughly cleaning them with a cloth or brush before reusing on your new power steering pump.
Testing the New Pump
Now that all of these steps have been completed, it’s time for you to test out your new power steering pump. Start up the car and turn the wheel from side to side to ensure that it is functioning properly and that there are no leaks in the system. If everything looks good, then you can start using your vehicle again with a fully functioning power steering system.
Replacing a power steering pump may seem like a daunting task, but it can be done in 6 simple steps with a few basic tools and parts. Following these steps will ensure that your car or truck’s steering system is working properly, so you can drive safely and comfortably once again.