Has my steering pump gone bad or is it just my hose?

Asked by Dec 08, 2015 at 01:18 PM about the 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

have a 2002 Jeep grand cherokee and my
steering wheel wont turn at all!!! Literally
won't budge. Even when my car has heated
it won't turn. I bought power steering fluid to
see if it was that and when I first put it in the
wheel moved perfect. After literally two
minutes the wheel began to get harder to
turn and eventually wouldn't turn at all.
When I looked under my car all of the fluid
had leaked out. I'm a full time student and a
single mom with two jobs. I don't have the
money to get anything major fixed but I
need a vehicle. Someone please tell me
what's wrong!!

2 Answers

35,965

Obviously it is a leak as you've discovered. Where it is leaking from you have to determine. The pump may be fine and it's just a hose or fitting leaking. If it's losing all the fluid in two minutes then it's a serious leak. You'll have to get it to a shop to repair it, my suggestion to you is find the closest shop near you, fill the reservoir up and drive it there. If it gets hard to steer pull over and refill the reservoir again. Otherwise you'll have to pay for a tow, if you have towing on your insurance they may cover it. If you have any mechanically inclined friends see if they'll do the work. Look up "power steering components" so you'll have an idea of what the mechanic is talking about. Don't let them sell you an entire new rack and pinion system or even a power steering pump without getting at least a second opinion.

just bought a jeep Cherokee and the staring wheel just would not tun. i took it back to the dealer and they said that they will not give me a new car

Your Answer:

Jeep Grand Cherokee Experts

  • #1
    inuevafreak
    Reputation
    2,240
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,090
  • #3
    thejeepdoctor
    Reputation
    2,070
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Cherokee
343 Great Deals out of 70,286 listings starting at $2,250
Used Dodge Durango
290 Great Deals out of 25,690 listings starting at $1,750
Used Jeep Wrangler
225 Great Deals out of 16,773 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Explorer
852 Great Deals out of 67,622 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota 4Runner
252 Great Deals out of 34,349 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
525 Great Deals out of 37,767 listings starting at $1,250
Used Ford F-150
2,230 Great Deals out of 209,289 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,755 Great Deals out of 153,117 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Mustang
273 Great Deals out of 37,583 listings starting at $1,350
Used Chevrolet Camaro
229 Great Deals out of 27,305 listings starting at $2,800
Used Honda Accord
540 Great Deals out of 103,314 listings starting at $950

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 4,602 listings starting at $24,785
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 553 listings starting at $22,200
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 397 listings starting at $18,995
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,511 listings starting at $13,995
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 499 listings starting at $12,400

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.