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    Power Steering Pump Replacement

    The power steering pump on my daughters 2001 formula LS1 is making noise and my plan is to replace it this weekend. The pumps I have been seeing at the parts stores come without the reservoir how hard is it to remove the reservoir from the old pump? I will have no problem removing the pump from the engine just courious about the reservoir. Thanks for the help

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    If I remember correctly the resevoir is just pushed on and sealed with an O-ring. But don't Quote me on that.
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    I thought it was bolted on and all you have too do is remove the pulley which most dont come with either.
    Either way it should be a simple swap and not worth the extra cash for the one with the res. just make sure the old one wasnt leaking.
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    If you are interested-I tried some Lucas oil treatment the other day on a customer's car per the boss's orders. The pump on the 95 V-6 Firebird was whining and it was shuddering on left turns (rack problem). It was Lucas power steering stop leak (it's also specified and guaranteed for noise problems ). To all our surprises it cured both problems almost immediately. Try it if you want-it worked extremely well for us and saved the customer the price of a rack-and the shop having to replace the pump for the 4th time (!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02z28ls1 View Post
    If you are interested-I tried some Lucas oil treatment the other day on a customer's car per the boss's orders. The pump on the 95 V-6 Firebird was whining and it was shuddering on left turns (rack problem). It was Lucas power steering stop leak (it's also specified and guaranteed for noise problems ). To all our surprises it cured both problems almost immediately. Try it if you want-it worked extremely well for us and saved the customer the price of a rack-and the shop having to replace the pump for the 4th time (!).
    Lucas makes some good stuff.

    I don't reccommend their oil treatment, but then again I've never seen any oil treatment that was beneficial, so its nothing against them. In tests, their oil treatment shown to foam up at higher RPM's, which isn't good for proper lubrication.

    I use the Lucas Transmission Fix in my trans which has bad synchros and bearings, and I think it has helped at least somewhat. Obviously those things need a rebuild to be fixed, but the additive seems to have quieted it down and made shifting somewhat better, especially when warm.

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    I should add-I don't work for Lucas. Just was surprised at how well it worked the other day and thought someone might want to try it.

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    I just replaced my PS pump on my '01 WS6 the other day. The reservoir is connected to the pump via two clips. Just pry the safety clip up with a flat head screwdriver and tap the end of the screwdriver to push it off. Once the clips are removed, you should then be able to just pull/pry off the reservoir. The new PS pump should come with a new O-ring.

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    Thanks guys for all the info. I replaced the pump last weekend with no problems. It was like Melwoods said two clips on the reservoir and there was an O ring with the new pump. Cost me $61.99 lifetime warranty at autozone. Thanks again guys

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    Do me a favor and look closely at the lifetime warranty and tell me what it says. I have an old copy of one of theirs and was wondering if it has changed.

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    Glad to help... this forum has helped me a lot and it feels good to contribute.

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