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Power steering pump has a part that connects to it that appears to need tightening but doesnt.. this is the source of the leak ..what is this part called and how do you fix it

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Well here's my 2 cents. When you say it won't tighten, are the threads stripped and it just spins or is it as tight as it will go and still leaking? Is it's stripped, I'd recommend replacing the part(s) with damaged threads. The pressure line is around 40 bucks at Autozone. pump is 49-57, depending on which steering you have. Get the pump with the reservoir, not the bare pump.

If it's not stripped, just leaking...try to pull that pressure hose head off and look for any damage to any seals, metal, O-ring, etc. You might get lucky and just have to replace a cheap O-ring. If you do, put a little oil on the O-ring before you put it back together.

My LTD had all kinds of power steering leaks and I ended up getting most all new parts before I got it to completely seal up. It was a nightmare. Read and heed the other post about how to get the air out of the system when you're finished. Fords can be notoriously loud on power steering pumps. I'd avoid Cardone brand if you can help it. I found their quality to be very suspect.

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replace the pump . the pulley takes a special tool you should be able to rent one at autozone

Posted on Oct 04, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford F350, massive hydrolic pwr steerinfluid leak

What I think you are referring to as the pump is really the steering box because the pump doesn't have an arm connected to it. The pump has 2 hoses and a belt going to it. From what you describe it sounds like you need a pitman shaft seal. The seal is replaceable but you will need a pitman arm puller to get the pitman arm off. If you don't have or can't get a puller don't even bother starting the repair, as you WILL NOT get the pitman arm off without one. When you get the pitman arm off clean out around the shaft and you will see a snap ring. Remove the snap ring. Now make sure the power steering is full of fluid. Start the engine and turn the steering wheel all the way one way or the other and hold it there while increasing the RPM. Doing this will literally "BLOW" the seal out. There will be a couple of spacers and maybe another seal that come out of the hole also. So read the installation instructions that come with the seal kit and it will have a picture of where the components go and in what order they go in. Don't forget the snap ring. When done replaceing the seal you have to center the steering box. From all the way one way turn the steering wheel all the way the other way and count the turns. Now turn back the other way half as many turns and the box is centered. With the tires pointed straight (not turning) the pitman arm should go right on. The pitman arm will go on the pitman shaft in 4 different places. So if you don't center the box and the wheels you might have say one turn to the right before the steering wheel stops and three turns to the left. With all this done fill the power steering with fluid. With the front tires off the ground and the engine NOT running turn the steering wheel all the way from stop to stop 4 or 5 times and then check the fluid again. Fill the fluid and turn wheel from stop to stop another 4 or 5 times. Doing this will "bleed" most of the air out of the system. Now start the engine and turn wheel from stop to stop a few more times to "bleed" any remaining air from system. Turn off the engine and check fluid level. Hope this is helpful.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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SOURCE: leaking hose in between power steering pump and rack and pinion

I agree with snowboard. Another name for the line wrench is "tubing wrench". It looks like a common boxed end wrench with six "points" or places of contact inside the boxed end but has a slot cut in it so it will slip over the metal tube part of the hose. Using this type of wrench you are less likely to "round off" the shoulders of the tubing nut. You won't be able to have the hose fixed. Well, you CAN, but it's much cheaper to buy a new one. I believe they're around $20.00 or so.
If the nut is recessed or some sort of wierd shape, try going to the dealership and talking to a mechanic. I've talked them into renting me a specialized tool. Some of the larger auto part supply stores also rent tools for a small fee. I think what you will need is the tubing wrench. Spend a few extra dollars and replace both hoses while you are getting greasy. That way you won't have to bother with it again for quite a while.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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The job of maintaining belt tension falls on the Belt Tensioner. It's time to replace it. They're pretty reasonable in the $25-$35 range.


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SOURCE: Seems like the power steering

If this is around a 1999 F150, it is the Power Steering line going to the front steering oil cooler. There is a plastic clip which holds the line against the frame. Apparently it is a common problem. The plastic part seems to hold road salt and moisture against the metal and it corrodes.

Change the line out or at least take it off and inspect it.

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I need to find out how to remove the power steering pump on a 2006 pontiac grand prix 3.8L


Power Steering Pump Replacement
Removal Procedure
1. Remove the accessory drive belt.
2. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
4. Disconnect the power steering pressure hose from the power steering pump.
5. Disconnect the power steering return hose from the power steering pump.
6. Disconnect the harness connector (4) from the power steering pump (1).
7. Remove the power steering mounting bolts from the power steering pump.
8. Remove the power steering pump from the engine.
9. Remove the power steering pump pulley from the power steering pump.
10. Remove the power steering pump reservoir from the power steering pump.
Installation Procedure
1. Install the power steering pump reservoir to the power steering pump.
2. Install the power steering pump pulley to the power steering pump.
3. Position the power steering pump to the engine.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
4. Install the power steering pump mounting bolts.
Tighten the bolts to 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.).
5. Connect the power steering pressure hose to the power steering pump.
6. Connect the power steering return hose to the power steering pump.
7. Install the harness connector (1) to the power steering pump (4).
8. Install the accessory drive belt.
9. Fill the power steering system with fluid.
10. Bleed the power steering system.
11. Operate the power steering system and inspect for power steering system leaks.

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Replacement steps for power steering pump - orginal one leaking thanks


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 2.4L Engine Fig. 1: Location of the power steering pump - 2.4L engine 87958079.gif
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disconnect and cap the power steering fluid lines from the pump.
  3. Remove the mounting bolts, then remove the power steering pump. To install:
  4. Install the power steering pump.
  5. Install the pump mounting bolts and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  6. Uncap and connect the fluid lines to the power steering pump. Tighten the line fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8. Fill the power steering pump with fluid and bleed the air from the system.
  9. Road test the vehicle and verify no leaks.
3.1 Engine Fig. 2: Power steering pump mounting detail - 3.1L engine 86888066.gif
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the serpentine drive belt.
  3. Unfasten the power steering pump-to-engine bolts.
  4. Pull the pump forward, then disconnect and plug the pressure tubes. NOTE: Place a rag under the pressure tubes to contain any excess power steering fluid.
  5. Remove the engine mount, and remove the pump. NOTE: To remove the engine mount, support the engine with a suitable jack by the oil pan. Make sure to use a thin piece of wood on the jack pad to disperse the weight and prevent oil pan damage. To install:
  6. Position the pump and install the engine mount. Tighten the engine support-to-mount bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm). Tighten the engine mount-to-body bolts to 49 ft. lbs. (66 Nm) and the nut to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm), and remove the jack from the oil pan.
  7. Unplug and connect the pressure tubes.
  8. Install the serpentine drive belt.
  9. Fill the power steering pump reservoir with the proper type and amount of fluid. Bleed the power steering system.
  10. Connect the negative battery cable and check for leaks.
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Nov 20, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Malibu

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I need to know how to take the power steering off a 1997 dodge caravan?


Power Steering Pump-Let me know if you need to take the power steering gear off: Removal & Installation 2.4L Engine To Remove:
  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
    • Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
    • Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
    • Loosen the nut securing the front power steering pump bracket to the aluminum bracket.
    • Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    • Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
    • Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the rear engine mount bracket. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
    • Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
    • Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
    • Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube. Allow the fluid to drain.
    • Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
    • Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
    • Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
    • Remove the return hose from the pump. Allow the fluid to drain from the tube.
    • Remove the nut from the rear of the pump to the cast mounting bracket.
    • Loosen the three bolts securing the pump to the front mounting bracket. Then remove the nut and remaining bolt.
    • Remove the power steering pump and the front bracket from the cast bracket on the engine as an assembly through the exhaust tunnel.
    • Remove the three bolts attaching the front bracket to the power steering pump and separate the power steering pump from the front bracket.
To Install:
  1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
  2. Loosely install the nut on the rear of the pump to hold the pump to the bracket.
  3. Install the front bracket on the pump and install the three bolts loosely.
  4. Install the nut and bolt securing the bracket to the cast bracket.
  5. Tighten the three front bracket-to-pump bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
  6. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
  7. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
  8. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
  9. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
  10. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
  11. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
  12. Install the exhaust system.
  13. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
  14. Lower the vehicle.
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
  16. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  17. Check for leaks.
3.0L Engine To Remove:
  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
  3. Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
  6. Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the sensor wiring harness grommet on the floor pan. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
  7. Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
  8. Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
  9. Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube. Allow the fluid to drain.
  10. Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
  11. Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
  12. Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
  13. Remove the two bolts securing the pump to the alternator/power steering pump/belt tensioner bracket.
  14. Remove the pump from the bracket and remove it from the vehicle through the exhaust tunnel on the floor pan.
To Install:
  1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
  2. Install the pump on the bracket with the two mounting bolts. Tighten the two bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
  3. Install the pump rear support bracket. Tighten the nut and bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
  4. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
  5. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
  6. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
  7. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
  8. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
  9. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
  10. Install the exhaust system.
  11. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
  12. Lower the vehicle.
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  15. Check for leaks.
3.3L & 3.8L Engines To Remove:
  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4. Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the sensor wiring harness grommet on the floor pan. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
  5. Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
  6. Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
  7. Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
  8. Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube on the cradle. Allow the fluid to drain into the pan.
  9. Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
  10. Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
  11. Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
  12. Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
  13. Disconnect the return hose from the pump. Drain the fluid into the drain pan.
  14. Remove the power steering pump rear support bracket.
  15. Remove the three bolts securing the pump to the alternator/power steering pump/belt tensioner bracket.
  16. Remove the pump from the bracket and remove it from the vehicle through the exhaust tunnel on the floor pan.
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  1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
  2. Install the pump on the bracket with the three mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
  3. Install the pump rear support bracket. Tighten the fasteners to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
  4. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
  5. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
  6. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
  7. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
  8. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
  9. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
  10. Install the exhaust system.
  11. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
  12. Lower the vehicle.
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  15. Check for leaks.
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Oct 13, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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How to replace power steering pump


2004 Pontiac Grand Prix V6-3.8L VIN 2

Power Steering Pump: Service and Repair
Power Steering Pump Replacement
NOTE: The content of this article / image reflects the changes called out by TSB: 05-02-32-004.

Power Steering Pump Replacement
Removal Procedure
1. Remove the accessory drive belt.
2. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
4. Disconnect the power steering pressure hose from the power steering pump.
5. Disconnect the power steering return hose from the power steering pump.
6. Disconnect the harness connector (4) from the power steering pump (1).
7. Remove the power steering mounting bolts from the power steering pump.
8. Remove the power steering pump from the engine.
9. Remove the power steering pump pulley from the power steering pump.
10. Remove the power steering pump reservoir from the power steering pump.
Installation Procedure
1. Install the power steering pump reservoir to the power steering pump.
2. Install the power steering pump pulley to the power steering pump.
3. Position the power steering pump to the engine.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
4. Install the power steering pump mounting bolts.
Tighten the bolts to 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.).
5. Connect the power steering pressure hose to the power steering pump.
6. Connect the power steering return hose to the power steering pump.
7. Install the harness connector (1) to the power steering pump (4).
8. Install the accessory drive belt.
9. Fill the power steering system with fluid.
10. Bleed the power steering system.
11. Operate the power steering system and inspect for power steering system leaks.

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Sep 07, 2009 | 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

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E-350 van power steering leak, replace pump and or hoses? can't seem to locate origin of leak. thanks in advance.


try some power steering leak stop first if this doesn't work try going around to all the hose connections and tightening them to torque spec if it still leaks you will need a pump, before paying for a pricey repair have a UV leak detection test done first

Aug 23, 2009 | 2003 Ford E-Series

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How do I repair a leaking power steering hose?


ok thees instructions that i have is for replacing the power steering pump but it has a great pic witch shows the power steering hoses i hope it helps


NOTE The following procedure requires the use of the GM Puller toolNo. J-25034-B or equivalent, and the GM Pulley Installer tool No.J-25033-B or equivalent.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
  2. Remove the air cleaner assembly for access.
  3. Release tension and remove the drive belt.
  4. Remove the power steering pump pulley using a suitable puller tool.
  5. Remove the power steering pump retaining bolts, then reposition the pump as necessary for access to the hoses.
  6. Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering pump.
  7. Remove the hoses from the power steering pump and drain the excess fluid into the catch pan.
    WARNING Be sure to cap all openings in the pump hydraulic system toprevent excessive fluid spillage and the possibility of systemcontamination.
  8. Remove the power steering pump from the vehicle.

    0900c15280227d22.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Pump pulley removal and installation


    0900c15280227d23.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Exploded view of the power steering pump mounting


    0900c15280227d24.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gifFig. Typical power steering pump hose routing

To install:
  1. Position the pump to the vehicle, then uncap and connect the pump hoses.
  2. Install the steering pump to the retaining bracket, then secureusing the retaining bolts. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
  3. Install the pump pulley using the GM Pulley Installer tool No.J-25033-B or equivalent. Press the drive pulley onto the power steeringpump.
  4. Hand-tighten the pivot bolt, the adjusting bolt and the washer.
  5. Install the drive belt.
  6. Install the air cleaner assembly.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8. Refill the power steering reservoir and bleed the power steering system.
  9. Road test the vehicle, then check and top-off the power steering fluid.

Apr 23, 2009 | 2001 GMC Safari

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I beleive the power steering fluid is leaking. The rerve is very low and there are a small puddle of fluids. First, what causes it to leak and is it easy to repair myself or do I need a Mechanic? I have...


The leak can be from the power steering pump, hose or rack. You must visually inspect it to locate the leak. Jack up the vehicle, place on safety stands, block rear wheels, check directly above the puddle of fluid, which could be traveling some distance before it gets to the point where it's dripping on the ground forming the puddle. Get a mirror on an extending handle at a parts store to help you trace the leak to it's source. So, to answer your question, the leak can be caused by a bad (loose) connection, a split in a line, a bad seal, etc. You have to track down the source to determine what needs to be repaired, replaced, or tightened to stop the leak. If you have the tools and determination to fix it, you can. Once you find out where it is leaking (and if it is in fact the power steering) you can post for more assistance, and it would probably be a good idea to purchase a repair manual to help guide you for this repair and future projects.

Apr 13, 2009 | 2005 Mazda 3

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Power steering pump


if the leak isn't from the hoses or connectors under the car.  Clean the pump area with carb cleaner spray, then tie a small bit of white cloth around both hoses (tighten the clamps at the same time).  This will reveal the source of the leak.  If the hoses are OK.  It's most likely the front seal and requires a replacement pump.  

Mar 25, 2009 | 1990 Toyota 4Runner

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The powered steering in my mini is not working correctly, the steering is very heavy and it would appear the power steering doesnt exist of my mini cooper s 2004 model.


check the power steering fluid if it is full then you would have to replace your power steering pump if not you might have a leak and if so get that fixed before you destroy your power steering pump.

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