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Old 24 Feb 2010, 04:45 pm
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Just thought I would add a note here, I just installed an engine and after driving it 100 miles or so I lost 90% of my power steering. There was no noises herd at all and the system looked fine on the outside.
I removed the pump and dis-assembled it, found the pressure check valve stuck open.. That's a valve behind the output fitting. I removed it and cleaned it up , re-installed the pump and it works great...a Pain but the same amount of work as replacing it with a new one Less the cost of a pump...
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Old 24 Feb 2010, 05:46 pm
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Thanks for the info. Most of us wouldn't do that kind of work and would opt for a new pump. Mine went out in 2003/04 and was covered by an aftermarket warranty. When it failed I was in the middle of a turn and I almost didn't make it around the corner. It changes from a one handed turn to trying to drive a tracker trailer.
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Old 24 Feb 2010, 06:42 pm
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I understand a new pump is what most would do and for me if it were making noise that would be a different story. I just felt it would be worth looking into the unit for a smoking gun type fault. My guess there's some dirt in the system and jammed the pump check valve open...
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Old 24 Feb 2010, 09:31 pm
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Thanx, tips like this are the reason I read this site.
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