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Unread 10-06-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Power Steering Reservoir Replacement?

Was replacing the hoses (return and high pressure) and the "nipple" that comes off the reservoir to the return hose broke off. Pump was fine, was replacing the high pressure line (leak) and decided to replace all hoses/assembly. Can you just replace the reservoir? Without getting a new pump as well? My pump is fine, and probably overdue for a new one, but I'm broke and don't want to spend the $60 on a whole new pump/reservoir, although I probably should. Any ideas or quick fixes/hints/tips? I assume JB weld would not be a good idea on this particular piece, being plastic (and I assume high pressure on the way back into the pump reservoir?)

I should probably just get a new one, but I can only find rebuilt ($60) with reservoir. If I do anything, I'll at least replace the belt as well. Live and learn my friends, but it's hella fun. (Except when you're broke and need a car!)

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Unread 10-06-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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I dunno dude, I messed with my power steeering and my harmonic balancer broke. Took two weeks to find the problem.
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Unread 10-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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Looks like the reservoir is part #52006395 on www.moparpartsoverstock.com
$62.93

I think you'd be better off getting a rebuilt pump with a reservoir.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
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I did the same thing and have learned to hate that nipple as a result. I went to a u-pullit junkyard, bought an entire PS unit off a 98 ffor $20 and swapped out the reservoir. It slides off after sliding the keepers off.

Pay attention to the o-ring.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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That's right, best bet is to get one from a junkyard. Pretty easy to swap out the reservoir, just a couple of clips. Couldn't get to one, so I just bought a new pump and reservoir at Oreillys for $60 (have to turn in the core). Might as well since I already had the whole unit off and was replacing both hoses as well. Pretty easy as well, once you get around the rusted on bolts (Lots of patience and PB blaster) and tight space to get to the bolts on the pump (keep trying, I tried a few different tools and got it off without having to pull the radiator/fan shroud). Thanks again guys.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 12:50 PM   #6
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I would just get the new pump and reservoir. Just did this on mine 2 weeks ago. I didn't realize how good my jeep could be on steering until the whole new pump went on. And it was my reservoir that was messed up as well. It's 3 bolts on and off so it's not to bad either! Only bad thing that happened to me is couldn't get the plastic pulley off (even with the power steering pulley puller) and had to buy a new one for the new pump. So costed me around 85 all together at oreillys. But it was worth it. And actually it's a rather fast job. All the bolts that you remove line up with the holes in the pulley when you turn it. Good luck!!!
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Unread 10-11-2012, 05:06 AM   #7
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The dorman resevoirs are just too hokey looking with some kind of globby glue stuff holding the halves of the tank together. When mine went I bought a cardone rebuilt. The resevoir leaked. So I took it back and bought just the pump and tried to use my old resevoir,it leaked. Thats when I looked at the dormans. I just bit the bullet and got oem. Been worry free every since but that puppy was expensive.
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