*Editor’s Review of the Best. Selection criteria. This material is subjective, not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to purchase. Before you purchase a power steering pump, please consult with a specialist.
Most modern cars are equipped with hydraulic power steering (HST), which facilitates the rotation of the steering wheel. The result is less fatigue in the driver’s hands, particularly when manoeuvring frequently in traffic, parking or turning around. The heart of the system is the steering pump, which pumps the fluid. If it fails, it is replaced. Our experts have compiled an overview of the best manufacturers of steering pumps according to the characteristics of their products and consumer reviews. Read the information to make your choice easier.
Rating of the best manufacturers of steering pumps
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Drivers most often give preference to the manufacturer ZF. It is the largest company in Germany, having 125 plants in 26 countries. The turnover ranks third in the domestic market and fifteenth in the world. The manufacturer’s headquarters are located in Zeppelin. The company manufactures gearboxes, steering pumps, pulleys, bearings and gears. Although the concern is German, but the booster pumps are available for domestic cars KAMAZ, Ural, Nefaz, PAZ, LIAZ. Products for Audi, BMW, Opel, Mercedes are here the originals, because they are originally installed from the conveyor. Item is sold with bracket, so you can install immediately to frame, pump fluid and go.
According to our experts this manufacturer is the best because of the long lifetime of the hydraulic fluid pumps. This unit can go 300000 km. In their reviews, customers also praise the products of this manufacturer for their quietness – the pump is not heard in the cabin, even with the standard noise insulation.
- the date of manufacture of the pump is always indicated on the housing;
- Pump up to 104 bar;
- All holes are plugged with plastic caps from the factory;
- The steering wheel can be turned with one finger.
- There is uneven aluminum casting on the housing;
- The pump itself may not be assembled in Germany;
- high cost.
Next in the review is another German manufacturer Stellox. The company was founded in 2005 and quickly gained momentum in the production of automotive products. Manufacturer’s catalog contains 32 product groups. Wide nomenclature helps to find a CUH to any car regardless of year and make. But the company produces few of its own parts. For the most part, it’s a packager, partnering with Greek, Italian and Polish aftermarket firms. The company’s management regularly checks the quality of suppliers. Customers like the fact that in case of defects the seller willingly takes the part and replaces it for a new one without any additional charges.
We consider this manufacturer as the best, because it has affordable products combined with high quality products. For example, its pumps cost only 1000 rubles more than GUR of Chinese manufacturers. But the price can be 5 times lower than for the original. If you want to install a quality pump, but don’t want to spend money on branded products, the steering control Stellox is the best choice.
- Quality packaging – you can order with shipping by mail;
- all connectors are sealed from dirt and dust penetration;
- easy to install on the car with the correct selection by code;
- there is no backlash on the pulley;
- great assortment.
- The pulley may not be included in the set – need to clarify when ordering;
- the company is a packer.
In third place is AMD, a manufacturer founded in Korea in 1970. The company was founded by merging of several factories into one concern. Originally, the trade group provided its products only for conveyors, but then entered the aftermarket spare parts market. The company is known for its yellow and blue packaging and a wide range of products. Among its products: oil filters, stabilizer rods, cylinder head gaskets, shock absorber mounts, steering, starters, clutch kits, brake cylinders, drums and alternators.
Our experts believe the manufacturer is the best because of the wide dealer network, through which you can buy a GUR or other products in any region. Regardless of where you live (Crimea, Sakhalin, Kaliningrad), there are representatives of the manufacturer. If you have a rare car, then in order not to order parts through the Internet, and then wait for a month, you can use the products of this manufacturer. The buyers’ reviews of the pumps themselves show that they can serve not less than the original ones and it is quite comfortable to turn the steering wheel with them.
- reasonable price;
- the light steering of the vehicle is retained;
- Hydraulic fluid power is good for up to 280K. km;
- Parts, including steering, are common in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- Can not buy pump directly from official site – only through dealer network;
- Currently, only 20% of the products are made in Korea, and the rest in China.
The manufacturer is headquartered in Germany, but trades in Korean, Japanese and European parts. To do this, the company collaborates with lesser-known companies and packs their products. Judging by the reviews on the forums, the quality of parts is 50/50, but they are reasonably priced. In 2004 the company’s products became available on the Russian market. The range is focused on foreign cars and VAZ and GAZ brands. Availability: turbines, steering, struts, suspension. Manufacturer is certified with ISO 9001 and QS9000.
This brand is recognized by us as the best because of the production of pumps for GUR that produce 110-120 bar. This pressure is the maximum in this assembly (for example ZF can not give more than 104 bar), compared with other brands. This makes the products versatile and allows to install them both on domestic brands (100-120 bar), and imported cars (90-100 bar). The most important thing is to find the right model to fit.
- There is no backlash on the steering shaft;
- at the outlet is a copper tube instead of a hose;
- Soft steering wheel rotation;
- pump is quiet.
- The distance between the pulley mounting holes is smaller – may not fit some cars;
- O-rings are crooked – they can leak and will need to be repaired;
- The valve is polished less well than ZF.
If you order parts on Exist, you’ve probably noticed a large selection from the manufacturer Patron. This brand was created by the company “SHATE-M”, which is headquartered in Belarus, near Minsk. The company dates back to 2004. The concern now has two plants (one at home and one in Russia). Unlike packers, Patron is a producer of hydraulic oil pumps, therefore the raw material for casting the body is always taken from one source, and the quality of valves does not vary from batch to batch. The brand name is registered in the CIS, EU and even Australia, so spare parts of the brand are sold everywhere.
The manufacturer got into our review of the best, because the cost of its hydraulic oil pumps is 10 times lower than the original ones. That said, reviews show that the booster works fine, and the mounting holes match the mounting holes on the car frame exactly. When the steering wheel has stopped turning and you simply do not have the money to repair it, the products of this manufacturer will help not to walk.
- Some machines have no problems with it;
- Seating holes are exactly the same as the original ZF ones;
- idle silence;
- easy to disassemble for repair kit replacement.
- Runs at 2000 rpm louder than the original;
- there is no belt tensioning system on the pump;
- Can leak or “howl”.