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Old 09-21-2010, 03:28 PM
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Rack & Pinion power steering pump

I have a power rack & pinion steering from a 1998 Monte Carlo.
I got my power steering with a serpentine system from a 97 Astra Van with a 4.3.
I heard that you can not use these together. Something about different pressures.
Will these two items work together? Will I need to change my pump?

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What do you mean? Bump???
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Bump up to the top of the posts list to get more exposure to your question and possibly some help. Bob.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:07 AM
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I am new to this page. Sooooo
At the risk of sounding totally dumb, how do I do that?
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OK, whenever a thread is posted it goes to the TOP of the bullitin board.
As susequent threads are posted the latest ones are added to the top of the bullitin board and yours moves down to the # 2 thread, and so on.
Whenever a reply is posted on a thread that thread moves or is BUMPED back up to the #1 spot.

Therefor when anyone finds a thread that needs a Bump to the top of the list to get those that are just logging on to see that thread and possibly get an answer for the thread.
In your case, I am not familiar with the pressures on the R&P and pumpm u r using althuogh I am interestecd to know myself as I do run a Chevy sagina pump and MII rack. As soon as I post thos reply It will get a BTT. Short for bump to top. Luck.Bob
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I would stop by a local Chevy dealer's parts counter and see if the parts guru could tell you if there is a difference in the two pump pressures and if so, how much. I do not usually work with this new stuff, but when you get into serpentine belt vice regular, the same direction of rotation of pumps is critical ie hydraulic and water pumps so you need to ensure the pumps have the same rotational direction. I have two vehicles with MII power racks and both have GM pumps. One is an older pump and I have installed a different spring to reduce the pump pressure some what. The other is later and I did not install a spring kit in it. Can't tell any difference in them as far as performance. The spring install did quieten down the system when turning sharply at low speeds, but the newer style pump has always been quiet.

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Just checking back to see how u made out.
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The specs for the astro pump are 80-125 psi idle and 1250-1350 psi at relief (max pressure)
The specs for monte carlo are 80-125 psi idle and "more than" 1000 psi relief.

This means you should be able to run the monte carlo rack with the astro pump without a problem.
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Dang!
I must have hit the wrong button.
Bob as I was trying to say I'm still in the planing stages. I hope to get it installed this winter.
I still have a month or so to ride before I start the work on the front axle.
I plan to either re-arch my front springs or get a set of Posies super sliders, as I plan to move the axle to the top of the springs to lower the front.
I need to get more arch to do this.
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Dang, 4 months and you haven't even tried it yet ? ? ?

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I have been waiting for my super slider springs.
just picked them up at Posies.
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