Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
Replacing the power steering pump is an involved and highly technical process in which a mechanic will either remove belts or an electric pump to access the power steering pump. You must get this replaced as soon as issues present themselves. Replacing a power steering pump costs between $280 to $1,000, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
A power steering pump is critical to the power steering system; without it, you could end up stranded. If this sounds daunting, don’t worry–car insurance super app Jerry is here to help make sense of all things power steering pump related.
The exact cost varies between different Lincoln models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1978
Lincoln 
Mark V
$343.99$199.99$144$403.982.4h
2002
Lincoln 
Blackwood
$239.61$71.61$168$261.092.8h
2002
$223.18$85.18$138$248.732.3h
2006
Lincoln 
Mark LT
$204.43$78.43$126$227.952.1h
1974
$343.99$199.99$144$403.982.4h
1968
Lincoln 
Mark III
$229.95$85.95$144$255.732.4h

What is a power steering pump replacement?

Replacing the power steering pump is highly technical and involved. Most power steering pumps are attached to the engine of your car, which means replacing the pump could directly impact the engine.
There are two types of power steering pumps: belt-driven or hydraulic-driven electric pump. Both of these pumps create pressure that is used to power the power steering assist system. Without this, your steering wheel would be near impossible to turn, unless you’re an Olympian or powerlifter.

How to replace a power steering pump

Buckle up; this is about to get highly technical.
When a mechanic replaces your power steering pump, the process is mostly identical for both a belt-driven and hydraulic-driven electric pump, except for the first step. The process looks like this:
  • For a belt-driven pump: This style of pump is bolted to the engine. The mechanic will wait for the engine to cool completely before removing the drive belt.
  • For hydraulic-driven electric pump: The mechanic will find this pump attached to either the steering shaft or the steering rack.
  • With both types of pumps, the mechanic will need to likely remove any dash, panel, or steering components to access the pump.
  • The mechanic loosens and removes threaded connectors to the pump’s inlet and outlet.
  • The mechanic removes any possible mounting bolts and brackets (applicable on different pumps) so they can remove the pump.
  • If the mechanic fears contamination of the power steering system, they will flush the system.
  • They then attach the new pump, attach pressure and return hoses, and bleed the system of air.
  • A mechanic will need to tighten belt-driven pumps to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • The mechanic tests the power steering pump replacement by running the engine and taking the car for a test drive.
  • If the pump is belt-driven, the mechanic will remeasure the tension of the belt and adjust as needed after the test drive.

When do I need to replace the power steering pump?

Typically, if you can’t turn your car’s steering wheel, there’s an issue with your power steering system.
That said, the power steering system has multiple components that have their own indicators. You will know your power steering pump needs replacing if you notice any of the following:
  • Grinding or whining sounds when you turn
  • Leaks in the power steering system
  • Damage to the pump pulley, which often creates vibrations
If you notice any of these, call a mechanic and get your car serviced immediately. It is not safe to drive with a faulty power steering pump.

How to find cheap car insurance

Replacing a power steering pump can cost up to $1,000, which hurts the pockets. If you want some extra cushion in your budget for car maintenance and repairs, try using the Jerry to help you find low rates on car insurance.
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Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Lincoln drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2016
$329.5$85.95$243.55$355.281.96h
1984
Lincoln 
Town Car
$150.42$54.46$95.96$166.751h
1960
Lincoln 
Lincoln Series
$318.41$85.95$232.46$344.191.96h
1978
Lincoln 
Mark V
$433.37$199.99$233.38$493.361.96h
2002
Lincoln 
Blackwood
$405.29$71.61$333.68$426.772.8h
1997
Lincoln 
Mark VIII
$281.41$66.96$214.45$301.491.8h
1977
Lincoln 
Versailles
$329.03$85.95$243.08$354.811.96h
2020
$497.7$261.44$236.26$576.121.9h
1960
Lincoln 
Premier
$311.11$85.95$225.16$336.891.96h
2012
$517.5$221.31$296.19$583.892.3h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Lincoln drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2012
$356.84$290.84$66$444.091.1h
1969
Jeep 
J-2500
$212.46$144.46$68$255.791.13h
1970
Chevrolet 
C10 Suburban
$164.75$96.75$68$193.771.13h
1970
Plymouth 
Barracuda
$329.5$261.5$68$407.941.13h
1989
Dodge 
W350
$322.81$244.81$78$396.251.3h
1985
Mitsubishi 
Mighty Max
$518.5$458.5$60$656.041h
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