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powersteering pump

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbadchev84, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. bigbadchev84

    bigbadchev84 1/2 ton status

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    what makes a power steering pump go bad? mine has just about given up the ghost, it is a hydroboost unit and only seems to start to work when the motor is revved up, is there a way to save it? it dosent leak just yet
     
  2. goldwing2000

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    Sometimes they just wear out. Chalk it up to entropy. You might be able to find a rebuild kit but it's easier to just replace it.

    You sure the belt isn't slipping? They don't always make noise when they slip.
     
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    yeah its tight, its just been getting progressivly worse
     
  4. smalltowncowboy

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    one good thing to do is install a power steering cooler
     
  5. goldwing2000

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    Could be worn vanes, could be an internal leak, could be a severely scored pump housing... you name it.
    Saginaw pumps are good and strong but when they let go, they let go.

    As cowboy said, installing a cooler when you put in the new pump is also a good idea.

    Of course, it could be something as simple as contaminated fluid, too. Since you're running hydroboost, you may have blown a seal in the MC and gotten brake fluid in your PS pump. That'll crap things out in a hurry. If your brake fluid level is ok, try a flush and fill on the PS fluid. It couldn't hurt.
     
  6. bigbadchev84

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    hey smalltowncowboy does your yota have graphics on the cab? and kcs?
     

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