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Old 03-11-2008, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Power steering pump replacement on 97 1 ton

My power steering pump has stopped working on my 97 one ton and I need to replace it. The fluid is pure foam when running. It has been getting weaker over the last couple of months. Now it doesn't assist brakes or steering. How do you get the pump off? Is it as easy as removing the 4 bolts and pulling it off? Does it need to be pressed off? THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!hyper:
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think this procedure will work. Remove and cap steering pump hoses and vacuum pump vacuum line. Remove the oil pressure sending unit from engine (plug hole in block). Remove and cap the oil feed line from the bottom of the vacuum pump. Remove the lower bolt that attaches the vacuum/steering pump assy to enging block. Remove the nut from the steering pump attaching bracket. Remove upper bolt from the pump assy and remove the assembly. Remove mounting bracket. Remove the steering pumt to vacuumpump bracket attaching nuts. Slide the steering pump from the bracket. Be careful on the internal oil seal in the vacuum pump (my advice is to get a new seal, because a leak will develop here). Remove the two pump spacers. When putting it back together you may want to use sealer to retain the vacuum pump gasket.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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might want to check that the hydroboost is not the problem.

both are expensive pieces, when my brakes were not at their best it was because of the hydroboost.
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I had the same problem up until last week - power steering went gradually along with the brakes. I drove it about a week with manual steering and brakes. The fluid was all foam and would "boil" over the top when I shut the truck off. All it ended up needing was the fluid flushed out and replaced. I got to take the power steering pump back and get my $132 back. If you shut the truck off and can pump the brakes a couple of times before it gets hard and won't move the hydraboost is good.
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