Steering Pump Installation Made Easy
There can only be two reasons why you're reading this page: first, you are probably looking to purchase a replacement steering pump when you stumbled upon this article; second, you are really looking for a steering pump installation guide to help you conquer your current weekend project. Whatever the reasons you have, this article will help you solve that regular upper-body workout you are having when maneuvering your vehicle. Read on and find out how we can help you.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Draining the steering system
Drain the old steering system to give the rack some space for fresh fluid when the new pump is installed. This can easily be done by flushing and filling the system with approximately two quarts of steering fluid.
Under the hood
Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent any accidents when removing other parts under the hood. Remove the steering belt, steering pressure, and fluid level sensor as well. After that, remove the steering pulley using the puller set. Unbolt the pump to the vehicle afterwards.
Placing the new unit
Removing the old pump should not be a problem anymore, since after doing the steps above, the steering pump should already be loosely cradled to its frame and brackets. Remove the unit and install the new one by inserting it into the bracket and attaching it to the adjacent bolts. You should also attach the pressure hose onto the pump at this point. Do not, however, attach the return hose before flushing the steering pump of its machining grease and oil.
The tricky part of this is not the installation process of the steering pulley, but its alignment. The pulley can be attached the same manner as how you put it out. Aligning it, however, will require you to use a block of wood as an alignment tool. The far end of the tool should rest on the crankshaft pull, while the other end should be on the steering pulley. Adjust the position of the pulley until it is well aligned with the crankshaft.
Flush the new pump with a quart of fluid; then, attach the return hose onto the pump. Fill the reservoir before you turn on your engine to test.