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power steering pump removal

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    ok well on 12/20 i was doing donughts at pismo beach in the soft sand, well all was fine untill i stopped and decided to go straight, power steering was gone totally! anyway the hoses are still secure, the fliud in the p/s box is full, kinda a brown color, but full, and i dont see any bolts holding the p/s pump on so any ideas how i'd get it running right again? I've searched and found horror stories about the dreded p/s pump bolt so i hope it doesnt come to that /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    my truck is starting to lose the power steering, mines the pump..squeals at you when you try and turn at idle.... with the truck running, can you see any bubbles inside the resevoir? can you see the fluid moving?
     
  3. BranndonC

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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    nope nothing moving in the fluid, it sits very still
     
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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    willing to bet the pump is shot..ever been replaced before??
     
  5. BranndonC

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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    not in the 19 or so months i've had it
     
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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    someone else can back me up on this im sure, but you should have fluid movement when the truck is running and the belt is turning the pulley...
     
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    Re: is is the p/s pump or something else?

    Changing the pump isn't as bad as you might think... I changed my pump and gear box a while back and it wasn't all that difficult. The hardest part that I can remember was getting the line out of the back of the pump and having to take the old and new pump to a shop to have the pullys switched. I just threw my whole power steering system away besides the pully because I wanted everything new so I wouldn't have to deal with it hopefully ever again. I replaced the pump, both lines, and box.

    If you are any kind of decent mechanic(and I'm sure you are) than you shouldn't have much trouble switching pumps.
     
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    Branndon I think the p/s pump is just two bolts that hold it on sililar to an alternator. If ya can't find it still I'll snap a pic for ya in the A.M. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    thanks guys, i might just replace it all also. i'll attemt removing it tomorrow and call you if i need anything Brian /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You need a pulley puller to remove the pulley to access the bolts in front of the pump. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif You can rent it out at any Auto Zone. It's a piece of cake to change out, with the pulley puller of course.
     

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