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Power Steering Pump Still Not Working

Hello, i have replaced my pump several times now and it still continues to lock up on me and stop working from time to time. It does not matter the weather, temp or anything just decides to work when it wants to work i guess. There is a constant whining coming from i believe the belt but sounds like the pump? The fluid never drains and I seems to be clear. Can you please please please help me with this on going problem?

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  • Dq727 Feb 25, 2009

    Thank you all for your responses!! One of these HAS to work! I will be working on this first thing and will let you know how I do.

  • Dq727 Feb 25, 2009

    Ok, I tried to turn the wheel left to right right to left a couple of times with the top off the power steering pump and it is continueing to whine and I have noticed when i turn the wheel the fan stops? Is this normal?it will eventually start right back up again but not if i keep turning the wheel. Also, I thought the pump was leaking underneath it just over the oil filter but its oil leaking not power steering fluid its black would this have anything to do with this problem or is that a whole nother issue. I am going to check the hoses maybe the sound of the pump straining is the clogged hoses?

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Check with local dealer regarding updated/recalled power steering hoses, that have been causing numerous problems. Or call number for customer service in your manual, and explain.
Good Luck, let us know.

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    Mike Butler Feb 26, 2009

    From what I've been able to find on those hoses, they do cause a restriction, that's why I advised talking to dealer before we get in too deep. good Luck, let us know.

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It is possible that you may have air in the lines, to get any air out of the lines you first need to take the cap off the resvoir (pump) then start the vehicle and turn the steering wheel left and right lock to lock. Do this a few times, check the fluid level & add as needed. This should solve the problem.

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Im going to give you some items to check;;1 siezed steering linkage balljoint or suspension balljoint;;2broken or incorrectly-adjusted drive belt.;;3steering gear damaged.one of these is the problem.hope this helps.adrian

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Clogged hoses or your steering gear box is not letting it pass because of a bad seal blocking oil ports or hose feeds

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