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Old 05-26-2009, 08:15 AM
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Power steering pump Failure?

I was running my car pretty hard the other night (74' Monte Carlo, Turbocharged) I wasn't turning a huge amount of RPM's or anything and when I got home, I stopped in the alley opened my garage and drove it in. The second I shut the car off I hear this sound like somebody's peeing on the floor.

I popped the hood and the inside of the power steering pulley is wet and there is fluid running out onto the garage floor. I walked outside and just where it sat running for a minute or so while I opened the garage was dry! The steering never acted funny or made any noise either. Just emptied itself of fluid the minute I shut off the engine. What gives?

Has anyone else just had a major dump of fluid out of the pump like this? could it be much more than just a blown seal? I am going to purchase a rebuild kit and tackle it myself. But I have never seen a leak like this before ever from a GM steering pump.

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Old 05-26-2009, 08:46 AM
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i dont think it could be much more than a blown seal. that sounds about right to me. but i am no expert. i would go ahead with what you said with the repair kit. good luck.
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Yup, A little more than a blown seal....

I pulled the pump and the pulley and noticed the shaft had about .015"-.030" axial play in the shaft. Killed the seal. I took the pump apart and went to the auto parts store. They didnt sell a rebuilt kit at my local NAPA or they were too lazy to look it up.

The store offered the pump or the pump with resivoir. I bought the pump only and with core returned it was $37.00

I put it together last night and one of the mounting points was not the same as the original and I had to make a spacer to get the belts to line up correctly.

Never is anything a direct bolt on anymore it seems.

The bushing or bearing was toast, bad. If I would have just put a new seal in it would have gone bad very quickly.
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