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power steering pump issues

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thezentree, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. thezentree

    thezentree 3/4 ton status

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    my power steering pump is spewing fluid all over the place. is that bad? really? shiet..

    so how hard is it to replace one of these? it doesnt look TOO hard, but then again, i really dont have that much mechanical experience (yes, i change my own oil, but...). anyway, its '97 yukon vortec 350 /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  2. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    The most difficult part is that on most of the newer rigs, you need a power steering pulley removal/installation tool to do it. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif GM thoughtfully put one of the bolts where you can't get to it until the pulley is out of the way. Other than that, it's an easy job.

    But before you start buying parts, first make sure that it is the pump leaking. Often one of the hoses will start leaking near the pump, which makes it seem like the pump itself is leaking.
     
  3. R72K5

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    its moszt likely the shafct seal, IKE time for rebuild, you will have to remove the pulley, suck it off the shaft and its on there DAMN good and requires use of a pulley removal tool kit, can rent from local store or from a local garage if you are in good with owner of one or talk to the right person, then once pulley is off then you can easily remove the main pump bracket from the housing and swap to reman pump, you wil need to leave pump inmstalled onto engine when are removing or installing the pulley, unless you can get it to safely stay in a bench vise without damaging the pump


    or....

    just find another pump setrup just like yours thats not leaking, from a parts truck or what have you, and do that swap.
    you can also take from a car with same setup, IE if you have a/c then you could take setrup from an a/c car of same years era/design/style, the 80s a/c equipped cars and trucks shared a/c lower/p/s upper bracket, bolts to cylinder head and such, non a/c is way simpler in dceisgn for p/s, there were a couple different styles of a/c setup p/s too, one used threaded welded nut to the main pump cradle bracket closest to front end of exh manifold and with bolt through bracket setup from behind pump direction/ from rear of vehicle direction, and others just had a bolt hole for bolt to pass through from front side of vehicle. this was the case since 73 on trucks. and then all the 70s vans had a whole different 9older setup that bolted directly to engine block using the short water pump lower cast iuron cradle bracket and a unique stamped steel upper bracket from backside of pump all way up to exhaust manifold bolt, but is half van style and half 65-72 truck style


    good luck
     

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