How to Change a Power Steering Pump

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When changing a power steering pump, a pulley remover and installer kit are necessary. Find out how to remove three bolts from a power steering pump with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on car maintenance and repairs.

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Good afternoon, my name's Tom Brintzenhofe, a certified master mechanic out of Reading, Pennsylvania. And today we're going to talk about how to change your power steering pump. Now a few things you...you need to keep in mind. When you change power steering pump, you do need to have a pulley remover and installer kit. These...these usually cost, run around a hundred dollars for a good one. A hundred and sixty for top of the line. You can pick 'em up in your parts store. Relatively cheap side might cost you forty, fifty dollars. But without this, you definitely cannot do the job. Here's a typical pump from a Ford. Ford pick-up. Most Fords use the same thing. What...what happens is these pulleys are pressed on here. And you have to use this tool to remove the pulley so you can get to these three bolts that...that hold it in. And most pumps are the same way. They're held in by three pumps and....and three bolts, and they've got the pulley up front. But you remove your....your belt from your belt tensioner. You put your...your ratchet in it, take the tension off. Remove your belt. Use your tool, and, each tool comes with instructions on how to use it. If you're not comfortable going out and buying a tool like this, then I suggest taking it to your local garage. Most of them, every one of 'em will have equipment for that. But you...you take your pulley off, take your bolts off. Your two lines in the back, you have your return line and your main feed line. This one's held on with a clamp. This one's held on with a nut. You just spin that nut off. And it's just the reverse process of puttin' it back in. You always make sure before you start the vehicle back up, you fill this up to about here with power steering fluid before you'll start the vehicle up, or you'll damage the pump on the inside. Really not that difficult. Most vehicles take an hour or two to change 'em. But, as long as you have the tools and equipment and the patience, you can get it done.

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