Re: How do I tell if my Power Steering pump is Variable...
I would take the bad hose off and also write down any model numbers off of the pump and take them to my local parts store. Also take along the entire serial number off of your car. They can probably use this info to tell you what type of pump you have and what part you need.
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Some Chryslers had a variable assist PS solenoid on the rack and pinion. It lowers PS fluid pressure during higher speed driving-highway driving, but allows full PS pressure during low speed driving. It would be located on the top of the rack, towards the drivers side, and would have an electrical connection to it. If you have this feature (variable assist power steering), have a shop diagnose it. I don't know the testing procedure.
The power steering belt is tight and not slipping?
My 2005 ES330 had to have new hoses last year. It was losing a little fluid and I was topping it up once a month when the power steering started making whining noises. Eventually, I was topping it up one a week, and I had used a full bottle of fluid, I bought another and booked it in for the next week. You just need hoses. Dealership charged me about $375, but I did get to borrow an LX350.
Power Steering Pump - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze (see Figures 1, 2, 3
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the left strut tower.
The ground cable is equipped with an insulator grommet, which should be
placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from
Siphon as much power steering fluid out of the reservoir as
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the right front tire and wheel assembly.
Remove the splash shield from the right front wheel well.
Fig. 1: Power steering pressure hose attachment to the
pump-with Variable-Assist steering
Fig. 2: Power steering pressure hose attachment to the
pump-without Variable-Assist steering
Disconnect the power steering pressure hose from the pump.
Remove the hose connection on the power steering pump.
Fig. 3: Typical power steering pump front bracket attachment
Remove the power steering adjusting bolt.
Remove the power steering pump rear attaching bolt.
If so equipped, remove the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) hydraulic
control unit heat shield.
Remove the wheel speed sensor retainer bracket from the right
Remove the wheel speed sensor sealing grommet from the right inner
Disconnect the speed sensor wiring.
Push the wiring through the hole in the inner fender.
If not equipped with anti-lock brakes, the hole will just have a
Remove the bolt attaching the power steering front bracket to the
mounting bracket. Access to the bolt is gained through the hole for the
speed sensor wiring.
Remove the power steering pump drive belt.
Remove the power steering pump and the front bracket as an
Install the power steering pump and bracket.
Reinstall the bolt at the adjusting slot, but do not tighten.
Reinstall the bolt mounting the power steering pump to the rear
mounting bracket, but do not tighten.
Reinstall the power steering pump top bolt, but do not tighten.
Reconnect the power steering hoses.
Fig. 4: Install a new O-ring gasket on the hose fitting Use a new O-ring when reinstalling the power steering pressure hose.
Reinstall the drive belt.
Adjust the drive belt and tighten the power steering pump bolts to
40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
Reinstall the splash shield.
Reinstall the tire and wheel assembly.
Lower the vehicle.
Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Refill the reservoir and bleed the power steering
Sebring Coupe and Avenger
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove (drain, suction pump, etc.) as much power steering fluid as
Disconnect the return fluid line. Remove the reservoir cap and
allow the return line to drain the fluid from the reservoir. If the
fluid is contaminated, disconnect the ignition high tension cable and
crank the engine several times to drain the fluid from the gearbox.
Cover any components located underneath the power steering pump with a
shop towel to protect them from damage due to power steering fluid
spillage. For example, the A/C compressor or alternator, depending on
vehicle and engine, is below the power steering pump, so cover the A/C
compressor or alternator with a shop towel before removing any hoses.
Loosen (but do not remove) the power steering pump mounting bolts
and remove the drive belt.
Remove the pressure switch connector from the side of the pump.
Disconnect the pressure line.
Unbolt and remove the pump from the mounting bracket.
Clean all parts well. Inspect the pump pulley for cracks. Check
the hoses carefully for cracks or signs of weakness.
Install the pump, wrap the belt around the pulley and lightly
tighten the mounting bolts.
Replace the O-rings and connect the pressure line. Connect the
pressure line so the notch in the fitting aligns and contacts the pump's
guide bracket. Tighten the fitting to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
Connect the return line and secure with the clamp.
Fasten the pressure switch connector.
Adjust the power steering belt for proper tension and tighten the
Use only MOPAR ATF PLUS automatic transmission fluid type 7176, ATF+3
automatic transmission fluid, or equivalent, in the power steering
system of Sebring coupe and Avenger models.
Refill the reservoir and bleed the power steering
Hope this help to solve it (remember comment and rated this). TY for using Fixya.
the power steering pump might have siezed up causing the belt to slip to burn on the pulley. or the pump broke the shaft internally and some fluid is leaking out and hitting the exaust a hose has sprung a leak and it is spaying oil on the exaust manifold
The power steering pump is belt driven. It is on the engine where you put fluid in. There are two lines that run from the power steering pump to the power steering rack on the firewall. The fluid can leak from the pump, either of the lines or the rack itself. If you are handy you may be able to repair the problem by replacing the bad part. Wear safety glasses when looking for the leak and do not touch the fluid leak when the engine is running. The pressure is high enough to hurt you. If you ignore the problem you will eventually loose the power assist and may be unable to steer the car. Fix it now!
One line is high pressure and the other is a return line. Check them with the engine off and when you think you've found the leak staret the car and look for the leak. If it sprays like a water hose DO NOT TOUCH THE LEAK. The pressure is high enough to cause serious injury.
not much info on the car or year but here goes...the pump is located on the engine and has a pressure hose running to the steering box. The pressurized fluid goes through from the pump into the box to assist turning of the wheel. There is a low pressure return hose coming back from the box to the pump. That should be all of the lines running to it unless it has a turbo which I've never seen a cavalier have..
YOU CANT USE A REGULAR FUEL LINE ON POWER STEERING AS A HIGH PRESSURE HOSE.BECAUSE POWER STEERING PRESSURE IS 1000 PSI.YOU HAVE TO BUY THE POWER STEERING HIGH PRESSURE HOSE IT HAS NUMBER OF PLIES MATERIAL WEAVES TO MAKE IT STRONG.IT WAS MADE FOR POWER STEERING HIGH PRESSURE.YOU DONT HAVE A BLOCKAGE .THE HIGH PRESSURE HOSE JUST WORE OUT.REPLACE IT .IT SHOULD FIX THE PROBLEM.
You need to put the car up on axle stands or ramps. Look for a lose or missing power steering belt, fluid leaks from hoses and fittings. You should check the fluid level first since you can do that from under the hood. Look up online repair guides to see if you want to try it yourself or take it to a garage.You might be able to fix leaking fittings by simply tightening them. So it's worth a try if you have ramps or axle stands.