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Power steering pump

The power steering fluid is leaking and not sure where from i have just paid out for a new pump and pressure pipe which stopped the noise and leak for few days and now the leak has started again but the leak is not from the same place as before it now leaking from underneath where as before it was from the spindle of the pump.

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There is a problem here which is not for the novice repair man. Get to a mechanic and sort this. You risk loosing power steering at speed, for say on the motorway and that could possibly kill you. Your first try failed - leave it to the pros!

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Power steering pump mounting detail (3.0L engine)

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the accessory drive belt. The belt does not have to be removed from the engine.
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  10. Remove the power steering fluid return hose from the power steering pump.
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  12. Remove the 2 mounting bolts that secure the pump to the alternator/power steering pump and belt tensioner mounting bracket.
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  2. Install the rear power steering pump-to-engine block support bracket. Torque the 2 support bracket mounting bolts to 40ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Install the nut to the mounting stud behind the pump and torque to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  3. Install the high pressure fluid line to the pump output fitting. Torque the high pressure line-to-power steering pump fitting to 275 inch lbs. (31 Nm). Be sure to inspect the pressure line O-ring for any damage before connecting the pressure line to the steering pump.
  4. Install the low pressure power steering fluid hose to the power steering pump low pressure fitting. Be sure the hose clamps are properly reinstalled and hoses are clear of the accessory drive belts.
  5. Install the accessory drive belt.
  6. Install the hose on the power steering fluid return line on the front suspension cradle. Be sure the hose clamps and heat shield tubes are correctly reinstalled.
  7. Reconnect the exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold. Install the hangers and isolators onto the exhaust system brackets. torque the nuts and bolts to 250 inch lbs. (28 Nm).
  8. Reconnect the wiring harness connectors to the oxygen sensor. Install the wiring harness grommet into the vehicle floor pan.
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  1. Remove and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Place a drain pan under the power steering pump.
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness connector to the oxygen sensor which is accessible through the oxygen sensor wiring harness grommet in the vehicle floor pan.
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  10. Remove the power steering fluid return hose from the power steering pump.
  11. Remove the rear support bracket mounted behind the power steering pump to the engine block.
  12. Remove the 3 mounting bolts that secure the pump to the alternator/power steering pump and belt tensioner mounting bracket.
  13. Remove the power steering pump and pulley assembly from the vehicle. Transfer all required parts from the pump to the new replacement pump before installation.
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  5. Install the accessory drive belt.
  6. Install the hose on the power steering fluid return line on the front suspension cradle. Be sure the hose clamps and heat shield tubes are correctly reinstalled.
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  9. Install the accessory drive belt splash shield.
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  12. Reconnect the negative battery cable. Bleed the power steering system.
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