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Power steering/alernator problem

This is a discussion on Power steering/alernator problem within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; ok so tell me if this is a common problem, I have a 98 Trans am love the thing but ...

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    Power steering/alernator problem

    ok so tell me if this is a common problem, I have a 98 Trans am love the thing but 140k deep I am dealing with a few minor issues, my alternator has died on me twice in the last few months during the second time replacing it I noticed the power harness was soaked with power steeling fluid. Just curious if anyone else has had an issue with a power steering leak shorting the alternator or if maybe I just got a bad one.

    Also in the process of replacing my p/s pump I broke the pulley :/ the parts stores I have checked have no listing for a power steering pulley. I go on the internet and I can find one but it looks a little different I'm scared to buy in case there has been a change I need to know about. Any help on the issue would be greatly appreciated!!

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    a P/S pump leaking on a alt is a sure alt killer.....i have seen many PS pulleys on ebay.......they even have some nice aluminum 1s

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    nice thank you I will chack it out, just worried I am going to get the wrong part but it should be fine

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    power steering pulley :"turn one" google it aluminun one .just got one myself has holes to take off pump without pulling pulley .great product!!

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    Op, I've written a tech sticky on what is most likely causing the leak failures and burning out the alternator. Believe it or not it is most likely a $0.70 O ring on the high pressure side.


    Here is the thread. Hope it helps.
    So you got a Power Steering Leak

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    I changed my PS pump a couple of months ago. If I had to buy a pulley, I would call Turn One.

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    look at the PS hose as well. If it looks frayed or crack replace it as well. I will definatly put new o rings if you keep the old one.

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    rockauto sells them as well

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    This is a common problem with F-bodys, I'm on my third alternator cause of this BS

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    Re-designed pump and pulley!

    The reason I was worried about the new pullet is because the new ones looked different then mine hopefully this will be of some help to anyone else that may have the early generation of the ls1 motor. It turns out both the pump and the pulley were redesigned I'm not sure when exactly but the pulley changed to a smooth inside rather then a geared one I was told for noise reduction but it also allows you to use the bolt and clamp style pulley puller.

    Hah I spent hours trying to pull that freakin pulley off just to find out I had the wrong kind of puller for that style of pulley also on a side note it would have saved me time just to snap it off due to the fact I would have had to purchased a new one anyways due to the pump being made different!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    Op, I've written a tech sticky on what is most likely causing the leak failures and burning out the alternator. Believe it or not it is most likely a $0.70 O ring on the high pressure side.


    Here is the thread. Hope it helps.
    So you got a Power Steering Leak
    Thank you for the post yes it helped and it looks like I am going to have to go back in it apears either I did something wrong witht the o ring or I got a bad re-man pump fml

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    post a pic or video of what it's doing so I can see.

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