Power Steering System Leak Inspection Cost

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Power Steering System Leak Inspection
The average cost for a power steering system leak inspection is between $44 and $56. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $56. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.
Power Steering System Leak Inspection

What is a power steering leak?

Hydraulic power steering systems use a pump to provide pressurized hydraulic fluid so work can be done. The power steering pump pressurizes and circulates power steering fluid through the power steering hydraulic system, allowing the steering wheel to turn with greater ease. This leaves many locations where leaks can occur, and when they do, the system will need to be inspected to discover the source of the leak and recommend a repair.

How does hydraulic power steering work?

Power steering pumps use a rotating motion, and are driven by the engine crankshaft using a drive belt. They create hydraulic pressure, and the hoses transfer the pressure to the steering gear, where it will be used to assist the driver turning the wheels, and the other hose will return the used fluid to be pressurized. This process happens continuously, and the power steering pump will pressurize fluid any time the engine is running.

What are the symptoms of a power steering leak?

Power steering leaks can be evident while the vehicle is being moved, and power steering fluid may be seen on the ground. Intermittent, or failure of power steering assist may occur due to low fluid. Besides the fluid leak, the power steering pump may also begin making a screeching noise.

Can I drive with a power steering leak?

A vehicle can be driven with weeping or leaking power steering components. However, it will be necessary to pay close attention to the power steering fluid level to make sure there's enough fluid for the system to function. If the fluid is actively dripping or pouring out of a leak, a tow truck is recommended to prevent damage to the pump, steering gear, or loss of power steering assist while driving.

How often do power steering leaks occur?

For most vehicles, the power steering system will last well over 100,000 miles before any failures occur. Mechanical failures and leaks in the power steering system are considered usually avoidable if maintenance has been performed according to the manufacturer service intervals. Keeping the power steering fluid fresh, and the system free of contaminants is the key to ensuring long power steering system life. As any system that carries high pressure will, the system will eventually fail from normal wear and tear, but this should be well into the serviceable life of the vehicle.

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