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Want to learn more about Power Steering repairs?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a power steering pump do?

The power steering pump is either an electric motor pump or a mechanically driven pump that pressurises the hydraulic fluid for the power assisted steering rack.

What does a power steering pump replacement involve?

Whilst there are variations between manufacturers, the basics are pretty similar.

The mechanic will;

  • Check the operation of the power steering pump if it needs to be replaced
  • Undo the power steering pipe unions attached to the pump
  • Drain the power steering fluid from the pump
  • Remove the power steering pump and replace it with the new unit
  • Put everything back together
  • Refill the PAS fluid and bleed the system
  • Start the car and test the steering

Can I do a power steering repair myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a power steering repair is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of faulty power steering pump?

  • When power steering fluid is leaking from the pump unit.
  • The steering wheel is heavier to turn than normal.
  • When there is a squeaking or grinding noise from the unit when turning the wheel.

How long will a power steering repair take?

On average, power steering repair times can range from 1 to over 2 hours with an average of 1.2 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace the power steering pump?

The power steering pump will most likely not require replacing during the lifetime of a vehicle. Whilst it is a unit that is in constant use, they are relatively robust parts. As the unit is fundamental to having control of a vehicle, especially at low speeds, its operation is critical and therefore as soon as it has been confirmed that the pump needs to be replaced it needs to be done.

Can you drive with broken power steering?

If you experience any untoward characteristics in your steering, or if you suspect there is any issue with the power steering or there are concerns about its condition, book a diagnostic inspection immediately and do not drive the vehicle. Steering is obviously critical to a vehicle's use so any issues that arise with it are not only dangerous, they could be life threatening.

Is faulty power steering an MOT failure?

Yes, faulty power steering will normally result in an MOT failure. Since steering is a safety critical component, the MOT tester will inspect it for insecure placement, fractures, misalignment, leaks and even lack of power steering fluid.

Is a power steering pump expensive to replace?

A power steering pump replacement can range from £200-£700 to replace depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The exact price will depend on the level of work required and parts needed to fix the problem.

How much does it cost to replace the power steering pump?

The cost to replace the power steering pump ranges from £200-£700. This price can change depending on the parts required for a specific make and model as well as labour rates of the area.

Can a power steering line be repaired?

It is recommended power steering fluid line or pipe are replaced, it is often easier and less expensive to simply replace the entire line than to carry out an inadequate (and potentially dangerous) repair. Also, it should be worth noting that a power steering fluid line repair is often a temporary fix and will need to be replaced at some point in the future anyway.

How much does it cost to replace a power steering rack?

The cost to replace a power steering rack is on average about £700 to £900 including labour costs in the UK. The exact price depends on the make and model of the car, if it's an electric or hydraulic steering rack, as well as local labour costs.

How long does it take to replace a power steering hose?

It can take about 1-2 hours to replace a power steering hose, but can be longer if there additional repair needed with other associated car parts.

What are the symptoms of a bad steering rack?

The symptoms of a bad steering rack include:

  • A loose steering wheel
  • Steering wheel shakes
  • A squeaking noise when turning the wheel
  • Burning oil smell
  • A feeling of resistance when turning the wheel
  • Unstability on motorway or at higher speeds

What causes electric power steering failure?

Causes of electric power steering failure include:

  • Loss of power to the system
  • A problem with the steering rack or motor
  • A failure of the electronic control unit

Can a power steering rack be repaired?

Yes, a steering rack can be repaired but it is often cheaper to replace the part. Sometimes the mechanic will suggest replacing just a part of the steering rack when the damage is minimal and can be repaired easily.

How much does it cost to fix power steering?

A power steering pump replacement generally costs between £180 and £500 with an average price of £300. Ultimately, the cost of replacing a power steering pump depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your power steering pump replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a power steering repair, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include PAS fluid (top-up), Power steering pump, Power steering pump and/or Power steering high pressure hose. We have power steering repair prices for 48 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£377 £245 - £595 Get exact price

Audi

£591 £431 - £921 Get exact price

Bentley

£556 £526 - £529 Get exact price

BMW

£523 £401 - £795 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£396 £393 - £581 Get exact price

Chrysler

£531 £438 - £915 Get exact price

Citroen

£538 £425 - £987 Get exact price

Dacia

£251 £236 - £384 Get exact price

Daewoo

£427 £397 - £397 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£513 £413 - £548 Get exact price

Daimler

£486 £616 - £616 Get exact price

Dodge

£548 £633 - £802 Get exact price

Fiat

£514 £438 - £670 Get exact price

Ford

£491 £386 - £785 Get exact price

Honda

£508 £438 - £675 Get exact price

Hyundai

£374 £345 - £561 Get exact price

Infiniti

£606 £587 - £587 Get exact price

Isuzu

£579 £503 - £535 Get exact price

Iveco

£546 £659 - £730 Get exact price

Jaguar

£432 £411 - £592 Get exact price

Jeep

£437 £392 - £495 Get exact price

Kia

£381 £247 - £700 Get exact price

Land Rover

£580 £446 - £949 Get exact price

LDV

£450 £413 - £590 Get exact price

Lexus

£670 £621 - £757 Get exact price

Maserati

£765 £652 - £652 Get exact price

Mazda

£557 £475 - £802 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£631 £481 - £924 Get exact price

MG

£547 £497 - £938 Get exact price

MINI

£724 £552 - £968 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£614 £532 - £888 Get exact price

Nissan

£451 £442 - £638 Get exact price

Peugeot

£645 £465 - £1,021 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£424 £596 - £596 Get exact price

Porsche

£646 £602 - £1,027 Get exact price

Proton

£615 £483 - £564 Get exact price

Renault

£403 £359 - £585 Get exact price

Rover

£538 £452 - £815 Get exact price

Saab

£645 £437 - £1,084 Get exact price

SEAT

£765 £660 - £1,149 Get exact price

Skoda

£705 £530 - £1,011 Get exact price

Smart

£612 £588 - £682 Get exact price

Subaru

£436 £356 - £636 Get exact price

Suzuki

£477 £425 - £588 Get exact price

Toyota

£501 £405 - £653 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£695 £482 - £1,036 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£569 £440 - £786 Get exact price

Volvo

£597 £477 - £935 Get exact price

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  • Microcar
  • Metrocab
  • Hummer
  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Austin
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Aston Martin
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Ssangyong
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a power steering repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Power Steering repair quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£391.51

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Jaguar XF
Doncaster
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Audi A5
London
£628.06

Power steering pump replacement

Mazda B2500
Dundee
£791.42

Power steering pump replacement

Vauxhall Corsa
Larkhall

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