Results 1 to 14 of 14
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By jb3golf

Power Steering Pump Killed My Alternator

This is a discussion on Power Steering Pump Killed My Alternator within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Funny how a 10 cent O ring can ruin your weekend and really piss you off. 2 weeks ago I ...

  1. #1
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Power Steering Pump Killed My Alternator

    Funny how a 10 cent O ring can ruin your weekend and really piss you off.

    2 weeks ago I got stuck at P-cola Navy base because my alternator gave me the and which led to a lot of I got her home the next day. Switch out the battery for a new one. Fast forward to tonight. I finally got some time to raise her up and poke at her to figure out what happen. I sorta knew why. My power steering pump seem to have a leak from some where and I could find it. I turn the wheels from side to side. Nothing. SOB!

    Now I dropped the alternator, I know it's toast. See below:





    After dropping the alt I find this (FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU):





    Next after finding out that gremlins have walk off with my 18mm wrench, which so happens to be the one I need the most in order to take off the high pressure hose with. I get a buddy to loan me his, Friends are great to have. I pull the hose off. Nothing seems wrong with it. Going to change it anyways, It's probably OEM and 11yrs at that and I have the new one so why not. It's off anyways.

    Still can't locate the leak, SOB I'm going to have to take the pump off. I'll save the for ya'll. I get it and the reserve off, that was fun, insert sarcasm. As I check the pump I find the O-rings.



    I believe this is the cause of my leakage. Any opinions? Pump seems to be fine, no binding or any weird noises. As far as the mess I think I'll take some simple green and elbow grease and try to get it clean. Any other suggestions are welcome about this. Also I notice that this some how got broke , I think when I installed my headers. What is it and how much do they cost?:

  2. #2
    Moderator Cutlass's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Madison, WI
    Posts
    6,998

    1999 Formula WS6 M6-sold
    2001 Silverado Z71

    coolant temp sensor.
    brake clean can help you clean up that slimey mess also

  3. #3
    Just a farmboy V8MUSCLE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Montpelier, VA
    Age
    30
    Posts
    518

    Pewter
    2000 Pontiac Trans Am

    i got the temp sensor for about 13 bucks at napa. i broke mine putting the headers in, guiding them in by myself and i guess i hit it.

  4. #4
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    coolant temp sensor.
    brake clean can help you clean up that slimey mess also
    Quote Originally Posted by V8MUSCLE View Post
    i got the temp sensor for about 13 bucks at napa. i broke mine putting the headers in, guiding them in by myself and i guess i hit it.
    Thx,

    And that slimy mess was from the leak not taking the pump or hoses off. The K member is worse. I plan on getting a couple of cans of brake cleaner today.

  5. #5
    ʢ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮Ր Ց Ւ Փ Smittro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    9,965

    White
    2008 Hummer H3

    That sucks man. I'd grab a new belt while you're @ it. Brake fuild can ruin them it's caustic stuff. I don't put much stock in remaned alternators either, just throwing that out there. I'd also replace the temp sending unit before you dig into cleaning her up. Coolant will be released when you pull the old one. I dropped an Alt. once, my first reaction was to try to slow it's desent with my foot. After taking a chunk out of my shin, that sucker still hit the floor and broke..
    :\Users\Steven\Pictures\d6ftg5nh.gif


    Suggestion: If you are particularly irritated by another member's posting habits and are constantly fighting the urge to flame them, you can click on that person's profile, and select "Add to ignore list." This will make that person's posts invisible to you.

  6. #6
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    That sucks man. I'd grab a new belt while you're @ it. Brake fuild can ruin them it's caustic stuff. I don't put much stock in remaned alternators either, just throwing that out there. I'd also replace the temp sending unit before you dig into cleaning her up. Coolant will be released when you pull the old one. I dropped an Alt. once, my first reaction was to try to slow it's desent with my foot. After taking a chunk out of my shin, that sucker still hit the floor and broke..
    thanks for the heads up about the coolant

  7. #7
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Any guesses what this may be too?




    any takers?????



















    well it's the plug that goes into the alternator. As I was taking the old one off I found this in the alternator and the wire dangling. SOB FU!!!!!!!!!!!

    for the last 2 hrs...

    As you can see I got a wire that I'm going to solder it to the bracket then try to solder it to the other wire. This is a last resort if the auto parts store doesn't have a fix for this. Taken any suggestions.....

  8. #8
    ʢ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮Ր Ց Ւ Փ Smittro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    9,965

    White
    2008 Hummer H3

    You can fix this.. The small blue gromet (slides over the wire fat side first) is to seal and hold the wire into place and the smaller clamp on piece holds it all together. Then solider the wires back together and plug it in. Only problem you may have is figuring out which slot the wire came out of..

  9. #9
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    You can fix this.. The small blue gromet (slides over the wire fat side first) is to seal and hold the wire into place and the smaller clamp on piece holds it all together. Then solider the wires back together and plug it in. Only problem you may have is figuring out which slot the wire came out of..
    not a problem, it is the only one that has the metal clip. I still need to clean up the bracket with some electronic cleaner. I was told not to use brake cleaner on stuff like this. The PS fluid soaked the hell out of the last alternator and this was full of fluid.

  10. #10
    ʢ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮Ր Ց Ւ Փ Smittro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    9,965

    White
    2008 Hummer H3

    just incase...

  11. #11
    Member jb3golf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Zona
    Posts
    600

    Red
    1998 Camaro Z28 Conv. M6

    Thanks for sharing your story man. I just went through a similar issue with my vehicle. I also had to re-wire & re-splice my connector that goes into the alternator as shown above. Why GM put the PS pump right on top of the alternator I'll never know?!

  12. #12
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    No problem....I figure that if it happen to me it most likely would happen to someone else.

  13. #13
    Member jb3golf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Zona
    Posts
    600

    Red
    1998 Camaro Z28 Conv. M6

    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    No problem....I figure that if it happen to me it most likely would happen to someone else.
    Yep.....In fact without LS1.com there's NO WAY I could have gotten through most of my cars issues....this site is absolutely FOR US AND BY US!!!! Gotta love it. Have a good week.
    jrbonds likes this.

  14. #14
    TerribleTed TerribleTed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    California-Sacramento-Roseville
    Posts
    145

    Red
    2000 Chevy Camaro Z28

    Dont feel bad,,,My PS had a leak too,,I thought all was well since it was a slow leak,,,then after the years it became a major leak,,,and wala,,,,that alternator lasted a few days more,,,lucky for me 50 bucks later a rebuild got me going again on the alt,,,

    Fluids of any nature on the alternator are bad....

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Alternator, power steering pump, LT's
    By BlCk02WS6 in forum General Help
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-26-2015, 07:48 AM
  2. Wanted: LS1 Power Steering and Alternator stuff
    By Dozier in forum Parts Wanted / Trade
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-13-2012, 05:16 AM
  3. power steering pump
    By ViperSniper in forum Parts Wanted / Trade
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-05-2011, 04:31 AM
  4. Wanted: LS1 Power Steering & Alternator Bracket
    By jhcrazyboi in forum Parts Wanted / Trade
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-15-2010, 11:27 PM
  5. Power Steering pump leak?! new pump or seal kit?
    By JehalinTA in forum General Help
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-18-2008, 11:05 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •