Why Are There Metal Flakes in My Power Steering Fluid?

Your power steering fluid will end up with metal flakes in it if the power steering pump is disintegrating. Older power steering pumps can do this when they need to be replaced. Urb’s Garage advises that it’s important to replace the power steering pump as soon as possible because the metal in the fluid can damage the power steering system. This is just one sign that your power steering pump needs to be replaced. We are going to list the other signs below.

Leaking Power Steering Fluid

Your power steering pump may also start to leak power steering fluid on the garage floor. Depending on the severity of the leak, you may end up with a puddle of fluid or just red spots. Power steering fluid is red, although if there is metal in it, it may appear reddish-gray. Either way, it’s important to have the power steering pump replaced so the fluid leak does not damage the power steering system.

Groaning or Moaning Noises

Another sign that your power steering pump is going bad is if it sounds as if your car is protesting every time that you turn the steering wheel. A faulty power steering pump can make groaning or moaning noises when you turn the wheel, especially if you turn it tight. You may also hear whining or squealing sounds, especially if the accessory belt to which the power steering pump is attached is too loose. Bring your vehicle to our shop right away if your power steering is making strange noises.

Difficulty Steering the Vehicle

The power steering pump is responsible for circulating the fluid through the power steering system. As such, it may become difficult to turn your steering wheel if the power steering pump has gone bad. Generally, it will feel as if your vehicle is not equipped with power steering. Unfortunately, you will continue to have problems steering your car, truck, or utility vehicle until you get the power steering pump replaced.

Unresponsiveness to Steering

Finally, your automobile may become unresponsive to your steering commands if the power steering pump goes bad. This can make navigating your vehicle difficult if not impossible. If you are in a situation where your power steering is not responding when you turn the wheel, have your vehicle towed to our shop either in Erlanger or Burlington.

Urb’s Garage in Erlanger or Burlington, KY, would be happy to inspect your power steering pump and replaced it if it has gone bad. Call us today for an appointment.

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