How Much Does Power Steering Leak Repair Cost?
The power steering system allows you to turn the steering wheel easily. If the power steering is leaking, it will be hard to turn the wheel while driving. You will usually know if the power steering is leaking if you notice fluids underneath the car.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the price of power steering leak repair can cost anywhere from $100 to as much as $250. Domestic cars are going to often be cheaper than your luxury cars. The cost to repair a power steering leak repair will depend on the extent of the damage, the make and model of the car, and the mechanic that is fixing it.
- If the leak cannot be fixed, the power steering pump may have to replaced. This can cost $200 to $350. SEE: “How much does a power steering pump cost?“
What is going to be included?
- A power steering leak is either going to be slow or fast. If you notice noises as you turn, then the leak is probably slowly coming out.
- During the repair, the mechanic will first inspect the lines to see if they can visually spot the leak. If damage has been spotted and it is able to be fixed, it will be patched and the power steering fluid will be refilled. If the leak cannot be repaired, the pump will have to be replaced completely.
What are the extra costs?
- With many leaks, there are times when the rack and pinion needs to be replaced. SEE: “How much does rack and pinion repair cost?” This type of repair job can get well into the low thousands.
- Also, if the leak cannot be fixed, the actual steering pump may have to be replaced. As mentioned above, the pump replacement can be upwards of $200.
- Depending on the chop where you get your car repaired, you may have to pay a few dollars extra for the fluid with which the fill the power steering pump.
Factors that influence the price:
- Degree of damage. If your power steering is greatly damaged then you might have to pay for more than just your power steering leak. For example, you may have to also replace the pump.
- Brand of car. The repair depends on the brand of the car itself because the spare parts required differ in price and also fluctuates with the brand of car.
- Location of the leakage. The cost also depends on where the leakage is. If it is in the exposed hoses, the repair will be cheaper. If it is in a hard-to-reach area, it will most likely cost more.
Tips to know:
- Avoid the dealer and always consider your local mechanics. When choosing a mechanic, make sure you always get at least three opinions.
How can I save money?
- You can save more if you consider doing the repair on your own. If you know how to do small jobs on a car, a leak is not that hard to fix. There are many guides online such as this YouTube video that can help you. Before taking the car to a mechanic, investigate and try to find the leak. If you can easily find it, you can repair it on your own. If you cannot, you will have to take it in unless you have the proper equipment.
- Before you head to a local mechanic, consider a stop-leak addictive. This will be added to your steering fluid and can potentially stop the leak. This type of fluid should cost no more than $15 for a bottle of 30 fluid ounces.