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Old 04 Jan 2011, 04:04 pm
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Hello,

My 2002 PT Cruiser is haveing a problem with steering. It just happened today, I was stopped waiting to make a turn and it felt like I had manual steering. I popped in the clutch and reved it a bit and it turned fine. While driving its fine, only when Im stopped or barely moving its difficult to turn the wheel. I checked the fluid, was a touch low so I picked up some more... no change. Last week someone said they hear a funny pump sound, but I dont hear it... so many other engine sounds. Im unemployed so tryin to get an idea before I head down to drop it off for an estimate tomorrow.

btw if the power steering just stops working is the car driveable as like manual steering?

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Old 04 Jan 2011, 04:21 pm
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When my power steering pump blew, I drove it for a couple days because the dealer didn't have one in stock. It is extremely hard to turn so plan your turning in advance.
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Old 04 Jan 2011, 05:02 pm
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How much did it cost for the parts and labor?
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Old 04 Jan 2011, 06:52 pm
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It was quite a few years ago and I had an after market warranty so I didn't have to pay but I did see the paperwork for the pump and at that time it was $300.
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Old 05 Jan 2011, 11:50 am
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Well I googled the part and got much better priceing on a rebuilt model...Chrysler Pt Cruiser Power Steering Pump | Always In Stock - A1 Cardone, AC Delco, 03-10

I found these instructions in this forum How to Change a Power Steering Pump on a PT Cruiser | eHow.com

but my power steering pump is on the passenger side near the radiator. Looks tight but was wondering if anyone here has replaced it themself. Looks like it might be doable, looks like 3 bolts holding it in place, somehow the hoses come undone and Im hopin it will come out without havein to take the car apart lol

any suggestions?
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Old 05 Jan 2011, 12:39 pm
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Default Re: Power Steering problem

1 take car apart

I have never taked the pump off but i had the frount pretty much apart and as long as you go slow and make sure you relaly need to remove a part it did not look to bad I think the hoses are help on with nutted fittings
now that altenator well that is another thing it is demonic
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