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How do you take power steering pump out of a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country? the pully is vent and is missing some on the edge, and is making a very loud noice, I used some belt dressing but it won't help. Engine 3.8 and automatic transmission. Thank you.

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  • dklmn66 Nov 19, 2009

    It's very hard to get to it, and is at the bottom of the engine , no space to work with it at all, do I need to remove other parts before? or shoul I try from undernieth ? any I deas. Thank you.

  • dklmn66 Nov 19, 2009

    Thank you.

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Ok start by looseing your belt and removing it. Next remove the hoses from the pump and elevate to keep from dripping an excess of fluid. Next, unbolt the existing pump and remove. Then position the new unit and bolt back up. Re-attach the hoses. Put the belt back on and tighten until you have approx 1/4" of play. Fill the resevoir on the new pump. Start the vehicle and turn the wheels, drive a couple of miles, recheck the fluid and fill as needed. You are now in business! Good Luck! I hope you find this very helpful!

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  • Hal Hallman Nov 19, 2009

    Often, a repair like this requires specialty tools that most people do not have in their toolbox. Things like wobble sockets and universal type socket joints that make the job doable without removing other things. If you do not have access to the tools to make it easier with other belts and accessories attached, then it may be necessary to remove some annoyances to get to the repair. If you are mechanically inclined, this should be fairly simple for you, but an annoyance, none the less. Good Luck.

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Rent a pulley puller and installer kit from your local auto parts store, get replacement fluid also. I suggest removing the fan and shroud for much easier acess. disconnect pressure hose(dont remove the big pressure fitting,just the line itself). Disconnect bottom return hose,simple hose clamps. Remove pulley with the puller kit, they have simple instructions in kit. This gives yoy acess to three mounting bolts on the pump itself. remove those, pump should come right out,have to turn and wiggle a bit, but, it will come out. Place new pump in bracket, holding in place with one hand, start the 3 mounting bolts in mounting holes in new pump. tighten the to secure pump in place. reconnect pressure line tight,if you see a drip ,snug it up a little at a time until no drip.start car, turn wheels a couple of times,left and right,turn off and add fluid as necessary. you should be ready to drive.
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Changing a pump on a 1999 chrysler The only effective way to reach it is to attack it from underneath. First thing you need to do is locate the belt tensioner, located just above the power steering pump. Put a 15mm ratchet on this and torque it clockwise, which will loosen the tension off the serpentine belt, enabling you to remove it. Once the belt is off you need to remove the hoses; there are three of them. Two of them, the line leading from the tank, and the reinforced supply line, are attached with hose clamps. The third one is secured into the pump with a threaded end. Disconnect these and seal off the ends to prevent contamination. Once the hoses are loosened there are three bolts that secure the pump to the bracket. The two underneath the pulley are just bolts that need removed, and the one on the back of the pump is a nut (Note: In order to get the pump out it is necessary to loosen the rear bracket.) In order to make room to remove the pump the crank pulley and the plastic dust shield should be removed off the van. The pump is sold with or without the reservior. Usually it is not much more to get the reservior already attached, and will save a great deal of time and energy. The pulley is put on using a specialized tool, and requires one to remove it. DO NOT strike it with a hammer, or bang on it in any other way. If you do not have a tool to pull it, many auto parts stores will pull it off the old one and put it on the new pump for free (AutoZone and Advanced Auto both do this.) Then putting the new pump on is simple: just reverse the previous steps.
This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya.

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    Kevin Trout Feb 12, 2017

    This is generally what I did to remove the pump.
    I've removed the pump 4 times, a few times due to loud squealing of original and re-manufactured pumps. Last removal was due to broken pulley, 7 years later(today).
    My removal method:
    Release belt and remove tensioner and pump hose connections. I removed the small angle bracket on back side of pump(nut and bolt).
    Remove front right wheel and loosen/ pull down dust shield, exposing crank pulley.
    I was able to use a 15mm closed-end wrench(with slight offset) to remove the 3 short bolts holding the pump to the bracket, as I didn't have good access with socket through the pulley holes. It may be easier to remove these bolts, after loosening the bracket, described next.
    The cast bracket is held by 3 forward bolts, the tensioner(removed), lower alternator bolt&nut, and a bolt to a steel link(can see this area when removing the tensioner nut from under the van). This makes 6 points total.
    With pump separated from bracket, the original pulley could be oriented to fit through the opening above the drive shaft, through wheel well- shaft not removed. Some manuals and mechanics suggest dropping the drive shaft, moving the catalytic converter, etc. I didn't have to go this route, but results may vary, as will one's patience.
    My new pulley was almost one-half inch greater diameter than the original and would scrape back through the opening, after I loosened the brake line bracket.
    The pump was moved around, to orient the pulley facing the proper direction.
    Next, the cast bracket was slipped through the opening and the pump/pulley assembly was positioned for mounting to the bracket.
    I mounted the bracket into place, first, though it may be easier to mount the pump to the bracket first. With the bracket mounted, I was on my back, holding/aligning the pump with right hand and starting the three short bolts with left hand(slipped the bolts in between the pulley and bolt holes)... again, may have been easier starting these bolts, before mounting the bracket. I used same flat wrench to tighten the pump bolts... not really any trouble with wrench slipping off. Remaining install steps were the reverse of removal, then adding fluid and bleeding as recommended in pump instruction sheet. Hardly a fun job, with the most difficult parts being access to pump bolts and reaching way up to thread the bolt through the steel link(tight reach), from under the van.

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