If you notice that your car, truck, or SUV is steering harder than normal then you may not have sufficient fluid pressure within the power steering system due to a defective power steering reservoir. If the fluid level is not maintained to the proper level the power steering system will not function correctly. Power steering is important to maintain proper control of your automobile and must be properly maintained. You should check the level of the power steering fluid and if it is low then you should perform a visual inspection to see where the fluid is going. If there is residue around the reservoir or if you discover a crack in it then it must be replaced immediately to protect other components from possible damage.
A leaking power steering pump reservoir will not immediately be noticed by the driver of a vehicle until the power steering fluid in the system is depleted. The most common cause for this component to fail is for the seal on the impeller shaft to become worn so it can no longer contain the fluid in the system. When there is a failing power steering pump reservoir on your vehicle, it is only a matter of time until the steering wheel loses this assistance and become extremely difficult to turn in maneuvering the vehicle on the road.
The power steering pump reservoir on a mechanical power system is attached directly to the power steering pump. On electrical assisted system that utilizes hydraulic fluid, it is a standalone component and only fails of it is struck by a hard object that pierces its containment vessel. The mechanical power steering pump reservoir is made out of metal while the electrical assisted system has one made of a polymer. Neither style will just leak because they are worn out and should be able to maintain its containment of the power steering fluid for the life of the vehicle unless the vehicle is involved in an accident.
Power steering reservoirs can be made of plastic or metal depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle. They retain additional fluid for the power steering to maintain sufficient fluid for the system to function appropriately. In some circumstances they are mounted directly to the pump and others may be a stand-alone design. Power steering fluid exits the reservoir and circulates through the system to provide fluid for the system and then it returns back to it where it is stored. The incorporation of the power steering concept has greatly improved the ease of handling of a vehicle.
The difficulty level of replacing a power steering reservoir depends mainly on the location of it. Depending on the car or truck you are working on it may be easily accessed, but every application is different. On newer front wheel drive vehicles it may be buried by obstructions and other components. After obtaining access and removing and replacing the unit you will need to add power steering fluid.
The replacement of the power steering pump reservoir requires that the engine not be operating. The mechanical style is located on the lower side of the front of the engine on the passenger side of the vehicle. Its removal requires that the drive belt that feeds it centrifugal power is removed along with the lines leading to it. This enables the power steering pump reservoir to be removed from the engine. The electrical assisted system reservoir is located on the fender well in the front of the engine. It can be on either side of the vehicle.
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