I am going to be doing a couple projects coming up soon and had a few questions before I dive into them.
1. I need to do a coolant flush and have never done this before. What is the propper way of doing this so that i do not f*** anything up? And is this very hard to do myself? (I'm assuming its pretty straight forward)
2. I believe I need to replace my power steering pump. It is hit and miss at low RPM haveing power steering, and there is a loud squeel when i turn the wheel so I would assume that it is going bad and needs to be replaced. Is the pump hard to get to? What will I need to do this correctly myself? And are there any other suggestions of what the problem could be? (I have checked the fluid level and it is full)
Draining the coolant is easy. Just undo the petcock at the bottom of the radiator (should be on passenger side), and the coolant should start coming out in a steady stream. Be sure to squeeze the top radiator hose to get as much out as possible. Then just pour as much coolant into the radiator as you can and put the top on it. Then fill the overflow bottle on the passenger side about halfway full of coolant. Start the car and let it get to temp. Once the thermostat opens, the coolant will from the overflow will start circulating into the system and getting all the air out. All in all its pretty easy.
I've never changed a PS pump, but its located right on top of the engine. Its right next to the air box.
Coolant flush> Romove a radiator hose, whichever one is easier for you after draining coolant. Use a garden hose to "flush all the nasties out, then fill as mentioned before.
P/S, suck out as much fluid as possible using your mom's/girlfriends/wifes turkey baster (she will never know), pull off two lines remove belt remove pump. Put all back together, jack front of jeep up (tires off ground) fill pump, start jeep, cycle steering wheel back and forth about halfway while checking fluid level every couple of times. this will get all of the air out. Last step, but by far the most important, is go wheeling.
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On the power steering issue, I'm guessing that you found a leak or just think that it is the source of the problem? Have you checked to see if it was fully serviced?
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Hunter - There are no leaks, just the loud squeel?whine when I tuen at low RPM, and I have no PS at times as well, which is leading me to believe it is the pump.
Mini - The funds I am talking about needing are a lot more than I can get for my wheels. And I plan on keepin the wheels for daily (summer) driving, and getting a set of off-roaders for winter/wheeling, along with a custom adjustable suspension that will bring me from stock ride height to probably 4" of lift... So there is still a lot of planning and spending in my future!