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Not a lot of thought is given to the power steering pump, though when you try to imagine life without it, driving seems a lot les fun, and a lot more work. The way it helps the driver steer a car smoothly and easily offers a peak at auto engineering ingenuity.
A system of several mechanisms working together, the power steering pump converts energy produced by a car's engine into hydraulic power, which it uses to add the torque to the movements of the steering wheel. It starts with a drive belt connected to the engine, which spins a rotary within the power steering pump. This movement pulls power steering fluid through it, injecting it back into the system under high pressure. That hydraulic pressure translates into force applied to the rack and pinion steering column. When the steering wheel is at rest, the pressure remains even on either side of the column. When the wheel turns to one side or another, it raises the hydraulic pressure on one side of the column to turn in that direction. Thus, with only a slight nudge of a steering wheel, you get the necessary muscle to change the direction of that heavy machine you call a car.
Power Steering Pump Replacement
Consequently, a broken or underperforming power steering pump will lead to a drop in pressure throughout the power steering system, resulting in great difficulty for a driver accustomed to maneuvering with easy turns of the steering wheel. You'll know a power steering pump replacement is necessary when the wheel turns stiffly, especially when the car is moving slowly or at a stop - that's when the steering pump is working the hardest.
Stock power steering pumps are usually meant to last the life of the vehicle, but that doesn't mean they always do. Whether due to underperformance or faulty power steering parts, a power steering pump replacement may be necessary even in fairly recent model cars. BuyAutoParts.com features a vast array of power steering pump replacement options, including models specifically designed to fit your ride, old or new.
Simply enter the year, make and model of your vehicle on BuyAutoParts.com to view a list of replacement parts designed to fit your auto. We offer OEM replacements and premium aftermarket parts, whether you need a power steering pump for a turbocharged or naturally aspirated engine. Whether you have the tools and experience necessary to replace it yourself, or wish to save additional money buying the part and avoiding additional service charges by your mechanic.
Ordering your power steering pump should be as easy as turning your steering wheel, even if you have questions about this or any other power steering parts. Our experienced customer service staff is here to help, either by email at [email protected], or by phone at our toll-free support line 1-888-907-7225.
Your power steering shouldn't be letting you down. Order a power steering pump replacement today from BuyAutoParts.com and receive free shipping within the continental US on orders exceeding $50.
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