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Why would the power steering pump blow the cap off on a brand new pump I had installed to stop whining ?

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Either too much fluid was refilled into the pump or one of the valves in the power steering rack has failed and is pressurising the pump chamber causing the cap to blow off. When you replaced the pump , there would still be a lot of fluid in the rack and all the connecting hoses. If you refilled the pump to its full level, when the pump is started, there will be too much fluid in it causing the same problem. Take some fluid out , down to its lowest level, with the car idling and getting someone to slowly turn the steering wheel back and forth, recheck the level and top up if required to its full mark.

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Fords are the only car I know of that will blow the cap off. What Steve said works on everything except Fords. With these you have pull the fuel pump fuse. Start it, let it run out of gas. Have the front tires off the ground. Add fluid just to the bottom of the tube. Crank the engine over and turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and right. Watch the PS pump as you do this, it can blow out the fluid, when you see the fluid come to the top, turn the wheel the other way. Turn it a few times, then get out and add fluid, just to the bottom again. Keep doing this until you don't have to add anymore. Set the car down and fill to the proper level on the stick. Ford pumps run to fast at idle and for some reason won't purge the air.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

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SOURCE: whining power steering pump on 2001 bmw 740il

have you put a different type of power steering fluid?

in some instance, if they put a different type of fluid, the solution bubbles up and makes a whining noise when you use the car.

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drcool

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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It seems who ever did the work may have removed the power steering pump to access the water pump and timing belt. After refilling they failed to bleed the air out or possibly left a return hose loose causing the pump to **** air hence the bubbles. The brown color in the fluid may indicate they have reused dirty fluid to refill the pump. Unfortunately if you have driven any distance with the air in the pump it will most likely need to be relaced.I would call the place who did the work and register a complaint.

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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SOURCE: chevy silverado power steering

The power steering pump shaft may have broken inside the pump. I have seen this happen on a these trucks. Have your pump checked.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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SOURCE: fluid over flowing after new pump install

just let it idle and fill till its full. it may take a while to bleed air out. turn it off and let it set a while, when the fluid is clear, adjust the level till its at the full mark.

Posted on May 14, 2010

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SOURCE: 99 ford 3.0l power steering pump blow fluid out

you may have to much power steering fluid in your system. or you may have air in the system. when

ever you do any kind of work to your power steering. you need to bleed the system. procedure-

block your rear tires. raise the front of your car off the ground with a jack, use jack stands. start engine

and turn steering left and right. stop engine check fluid level apply as needed and repeat procedure

I would do it about three times. then turn ignition off stop engine. remove jack stands lower car. and

and test if the air is out of the system the car will go back to normall. good luck!

Posted on Feb 13, 2011

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1) Raise the front of the vehicle off the ground. It will be easier to bleed air from the system.

2) Remove the reservoir cap, with the engine off, turn steering wheel completely to the left all the way to stop and then completely to the right all the way to stop. Repeat this several times to rid the system of all the air. Return the wheel to center.

3) Leave the cap off the reservoir and let set for an hour or more if possible. The air in the reservoir will rise to the top. Check the fluid level and fill as necessary.

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