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I cracked the part of the power steering pump that holds the ps fluid while putting the surp. belt on. Do I have to change the whole ps pump or can I just fix the part that is cracked?

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Probably any repair you do to the reservoir will not hold you will need to replace, Sometimes you can buy the reservoir separate then the pump on this vehicle I am unsure you will have to consult your parts store ..

Good luck

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