Question about Pontiac Grand Am
Kudos to you for your repair and diagnostics with the old cardboard trick. You didn't specify what model and engine your Pontiac have, but I can give you some general guidance. If it's the typical GM set up with the reservoir mounted on the pump, I'm afraid it might not be a DIY job. In these situations the pump's pulley will need to be removed from the pump shaft with a special puller in order to remove the reservoir. However, if the reservoir is remote mounted, meaning not attached to the pump, by all means get a new reservoir and change it. In the remote mount situation, you'll only see one hose attached to the reservoir, usually with a plain 'ol hose clamp. Put a drain pan under the car, remove the fluid from the reservoir with a turkey baster (every good mechanic has one in their tool box), remove any mounting fasteners, unscrew the hose clamp and remove the reservoir. Reverse the procedure to install the new part. Once installed, fill the reservoir to the proper level with power steering fluid, start the engine and slowly turn the steering wheel fully from one side to another (do this many times). The pump will probably whine until all the air is bled from the system. Recheck the fluid level and top off as necessary.
Posted on Mar 19, 2011
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