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88 corsica do i need to raise the engine to change the power steering pump?

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  • mr_otter_sir May 21, 2009

    its a 4 cyl

  • mr_otter_sir May 21, 2009

    I have no room to get to the bolts that connect the power steering pump to the bracket. The pulley is in the way and socket wrenches wont work. There isnt enough room between the wheel well and the power steering pump. Is there a way to get in there? I thought that drilling a hole in the wheel well would allow me access with the pulley puller.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    what size engine do you have?

    is it a v4 or 6??


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Hi, no need to raise the engine. you can use these steps to replace your pump.

To replace the power steering pump, proceed as follows:

1. Disconnect the power steering return hose from the remote reservoir or pump. Allow the fluid to drain from this hose into a drain pan. Discard the used fluid.
2. Loosen the bracket or belt tension adjusting bolt, and the pump mounting bolt.
3. Loosen the belt tension until the belt can be removed. On some cars, it is necessary to lift the vehicle on a hoist and gain access to the power steering pump from underneath the vehicle.
4. Remove the hoses from the pump, and cap the pump fittings and hoses.
5. Remove the belt tension adjusting bolt and the mounting bolt, and remove the pump.
6. Check the pump mounting bolts and bolt holes for wear. Worn bolts must be replaced. If the bolt mounting holes in the pump are worn, pump replacement is necessary.
7. Reverse steps 1 through 5 to install the power steering pump. Tighten the belt as described previously, and tighten the pump mounting and bracket bolts to the manufacturer's specifications. If o-rings are used on the pressure hose, replace the o-rings. Be sure the hoses are not contacting the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, or exhaust pipe during or after pump replacement.
8. Fill the pump reservoir with the manufacturer's recommended power steering fluid, and bleed air from the power steering system as described earlier.

Posted on May 21, 2009

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 21, 2009

    OK, in this case, lift the vehicle on a hoist or drive it onto some sturdy safe ramps high enough for you to access the pump from underneath the vehicle.

    this is how we've done this job at the shop. we have never pulled or raised the entire engine.


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