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Hard to steer at idle

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Scott A, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. Scott A

    Scott A 1/2 ton status

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    Fluid is good and I put a new belt on because I thought it was slipping. Maybe it's time for a new pump. I'am running 37" Hummer tires. I do have an edelbrock cam & lifters, maybe I am not getting enough vacuum with that cam???
     
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    vacuum should have nothing to do with the steering pump. I was experiencing the same thing though on my 87. I replaced the pump and the belt and it it better now. Be sure you tension the belt enough.
     
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    I guess I will try a new pump. Autozone has them for $52.99 Any tips on installing a new pump?
     
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    You will need the correct tool for removing and then reinstalling the pully. Other than that it is pretty straight forward. I only paid 45 for mine at auto zone about a month ago.
     
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    What is your idle speed? Is it possible that it is set too low? I had a similar problem, and it was caused by the fact that my engine wasn't turning fast enough to feed the pump.
     
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    I think about 900 RPM's
     
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    37's are pretty big tires,they may have stressed the pump to the max,especially if it has high miles on it--before you change the pump,you may want to check the power steering hoses if they are original or old,they might be collapsed inside,restricting the flow to the steering box(the high pressure hose mostly),if the hoses are new or in good shape,its probably the pump getting old,and running a lower than normal pressure. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    I guess I will try a new pump. Autozone has them for $52.99 Any tips on installing a new pump?

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    Go to a junk yard and pick up a pump if you can. I changed mine out and tried to take the pully off first but just fuggered it up. The dealership wanted some outrageous price for a new one. I paid $25 for a pump with pulley at the local JY. Turned out it was kind of new in the truck we pulled it from, it had a reman sticker on it!
     
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