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I believe my power steering pump is going south

This is a discussion on I believe my power steering pump is going south within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; update on power steering. I used a turkey bastor and sucked out about 12OZ. of nasty brownish fuild replaced only ...

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    update on power steering.

    I used a turkey bastor and sucked out about 12OZ. of nasty brownish fuild replaced only 12OZ and the noise that I was hearing when wheel was turned all the way right or left has gone away.

    I plan to cruise around and continue to replenish the fuild.

    edit: my pump is'nt leaking so hopefully I can postpone the pump swap.
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    well it's time to swap the PSP it is officalley a used up part.

    ?1.I'm assumming a flare wrench is required to remove the high preasure tube?

    ?2.is it true or false that if the old PS fuild down inside the rack recirclelates up into the the new PSP the 13 year old fuild will ruin my new PSP?

    My plan was to swap the PSP on mine own then flush fuild later w/ a assistant.

    ?3.if I'm cruising down the road and the PSP siezes up I'm thinking the drive belt may snap.

    if indead the belt snaps the alternater won't be charging the battery how far can I continue to cruise w/out a drive belt?

    ?4. cruising around w/out a drive belt will not overheat the engine since F-bodys have electric cooling fans is this true or false?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwik219d9 View Post
    well it's time to swap the PSP it is officalley a used up part.

    ?1.I'm assumming a flare wrench is required to remove the high preasure tube?

    ?2.is it true or false that if the old PS fuild down inside the rack recirclelates up into the the new PSP the 13 year old fuild will ruin my new PSP?

    My plan was to swap the PSP on mine own then flush fuild later w/ a assistant.

    ?3.if I'm cruising down the road and the PSP siezes up I'm thinking the drive belt may snap.

    if indead the belt snaps the alternater won't be charging the battery how far can I continue to cruise w/out a drive belt?

    ?4. cruising around w/out a drive belt will not overheat the engine since F-bodys have electric cooling fans is this true or false?

    Thanks Guys for surport
    If the pump actually comes apart and sends metal particles into the fluid then the fluid could potentially damage the new pump although if your pump hasnt exploded inside i would not worry about it. the rack actually doesnt hold too much fluid anyway most is inside the pump.

    If the shaft did freeze and the belt snapped then the alternator would cease to charge and you would not get far because the engine will continue to draw power from the battery until it was dead at which point the car would not run. also you cannot drive the car with the belt off as the fans will only cool whats in the radiator, the pump will not circulate any of the fluid in the engine into the radiator and therefore you will overheat very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbird555 View Post
    If the pump actually comes apart and sends metal particles into the fluid then the fluid could potentially damage the new pump although if your pump hasnt exploded inside i would not worry about it. the rack actually doesnt hold too much fluid anyway most is inside the pump.

    If the shaft did freeze and the belt snapped then the alternator would cease to charge and you would not get far because the engine will continue to draw power from the battery until it was dead at which point the car would not run. also you cannot drive the car with the belt off as the fans will only cool whats in the radiator, the pump will not circulate any of the fluid in the engine into the radiator and therefore you will overheat very quickly.
    q3 & 4 - ^^^^This. You may make it to a parts store but I would be watching the temp gauge. Your yr the gauges are more general readings then true, 98's only exception.


    Flare wrench Q - It is preferred but I was able to get it off with a regular wrench. You just need to be very careful otherwise you're going to need a new high pressure hose.

    Q2 - It thins out the new fluid, now if the pump explodes and sends metal shavings into the fluid then I'll agree with that statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbird555 View Post
    If the pump actually comes apart and sends metal particles into the fluid then the fluid could potentially damage the new pump although if your pump hasnt exploded inside i would not worry about it. the rack actually doesnt hold too much fluid anyway most is inside the pump.

    If the shaft did freeze and the belt snapped then the alternator would cease to charge and you would not get far because the engine will continue to draw power from the battery until it was dead at which point the car would not run. also you cannot drive the car with the belt off as the fans will only cool whats in the radiator, the pump will not circulate any of the fluid in the engine into the radiator and therefore you will overheat very quickly.
    you make excellent points.
    well I finalley changed the PSP about 2 months ago

    drove 5 blocks then parked a bunch of fuild leaked out on the ground, did'nt observe the level go down in the resovir.

    after close under car observation I see fuild driping from the high presure hose (bottom section) so I swapped in a new one don't think I even needed a new PSP however w/ 121K miles I think it was a good idea (since I was hearing noise from the PSP) mite have saved the rack like you say if it did explode that would ruin rack. high preasure hose ect.
    Thanks for feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    q3 & 4 - ^^^^This. You may make it to a parts store but I would be watching the temp gauge. Your yr the gauges are more general readings then true, 98's only exception.


    Flare wrench Q - It is preferred but I was able to get it off with a regular wrench. You just need to be very careful otherwise you're going to need a new high pressure hose.

    Q2 - It thins out the new fluid, now if the pump explodes and sends metal shavings into the fluid then I'll agree with that statement.
    yes I used a flare wrench.

    also I wanted to add removing the alt. doe'snt require a short subbie 13mm for the rear bolt I used my 1/4" gearwrench socket.
    Thanks

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    im afraid i will be going through this soon...my pump is whining and my alt has already gone out recently....

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