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I need to move the power steering pump to replace the water pump

I have the 3800 series 2 V6 engine

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  • s2west Jan 23, 2009

    I Have a 1996 Oldsmobile 88 with the 3800 series II V-6 engine.
    I am in the process of removing the water pump and have the serpentine belt off, the pulley attached to the water pump is off and all the bolts removed from the water pump except one. The bolt that I am having trouble with I have loosened but the top edge of the power steering pump pulley is in the way. Previous research I have found that the power steering pump must be removed in order to remove this bolt. How do you remove the power steering pump? Is it correct that there is a bolt thru a hole in the power steering pump pulley that needs to be removed and a nut on the back side of the power steering pump that needs to removed? If yes is there any other things to be done?

  • s2west Jan 26, 2009

    Although the comment about removing the pulley with a special tool may work, I questioned how easy it would be in such a limited amount of space. Then to replace the pulley in the same space (the pulley you said is pressed onto the shaft) sounds to be very difficult without removing the power steering unit 1st and using a press.
    I found out that there are 2 bolts holding the power steering unit in place. 1 is located directly above the pulley shaft at the 12:00 location and the other is located below the shaft at the 6:00 location. Both of the bolts are accessible from the pulley side of the power steering pump. They are both easily removed through holes in the pulley. It took me about 5 to 10 minutes to remove them and about the same amount of time to replace them.

  • Dave Winterburn May 11, 2010

    need more info

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what is the question?



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The pulley needs to be removed to remove the PS pump, this pulley is pressed onto a tapered shaft (they used a bolt around 35 years ago), it requires a special power steering pulley remover/installer tool, u can borrow this tool from Kragen and other parts stores like them, as how it works, it can be a little hard to set it up if u have never used this tool before.

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    yadayada Jan 26, 2009

    My answer to your question was correct, sure don't understand the thanks for trying rating. good luck on the repair.


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