Kia Spectra Steering Pump Issue


#1

Have a 2009 Spectra and the power steering belt slips when turning the wheels and starting the car. Assumed it was the pump and replaced it with a salvage part … same problem. Entirely possible we got another bad pump but seems unlikely it would exhibit the exact same symptoms. Does anyone know if this is a common problem with this model? Is there anything else in the system that could cause the pump to seize up when turning the wheel? Any feedback is appreciated.


#2

Have you tried replacing the serpentine belt?

Tester


#3

Yes, the belt is in good shape. Took it by a local shop and their best guess was we just got another bad pump … will update when we get the next one installed.


#4

You can’t determine if the belt is in good shape just by looking at it anymore.

http://www.gates.com/products/automotive/new-products/belt-wear-gauge

Tester


#5

The belt is not expensive so why not change it and see what happens?


#6

Trueche. The new pump shipped today … I may go pick up the belt too. You do have to remove the alternator belt, at least, to get the PS belt off so some extra work involved.


#7

Well, new pump is installed and it fixed nothing. I don’t believe the belt is the problem because the pump locks up hard enough to slowdown/stop the other accessory belts. Is there anything but the rack left in the system to cause this kind of issue?