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post #1 of 9 Old 01-17-2006, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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ZJ Power Steering Pump

Alright, I have a 96 ZJ and I blew the steering pump going to the detroit auto show. Going to look at the new Jeeps.

Took it to Midas and they want just under $500 for this:

New Pump and Install
New Serpentine Belt and Install
"Flush and Fill" Power steering package

Is this right, cause it seems high to me, I forgot to ask how much they charged for labor, but being in Flint, at school, without a garage means I am not doing it myself, any other time, I would, but its F-ing cold here.

If I did do it myself, how long would it take me, and how do I make sure to align the pulley right. Keep in mind I am a certified welder, and can do pretty much anything, but power steering is not something I have had to deal with besides replacing a line in my CJ.

Thanks guys, in advance.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-17-2006, 09:19 PM
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I got a new pump and new fluid for 200 bucks installed by a local mechanic this summer.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-17-2006, 09:21 PM
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I don't think it is difficult to change it... I changed mine on aprox 1-2 hour..., there are just,
1.- take out the belt
2.- take out 3 bolts from the old pump,
3.- remove 2 house

and then reversal.

just take it with appropiate cloths and gloves for the weather.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-17-2006, 09:21 PM
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Mine Blew up (literally) a few months ago and the total for tow and replace pump, belt, ... was under $500 from a trusted mechanic - I think it was $429 all told. Here's my tale of woe


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Your replacement pump comes in a couple configurations. The first thing you have to determine is if you have the variable steering assist. This is fairly easy to do. Look at the top of the unit for a solenoid with an electrical wire connected to it. If it doesn't have the solenoid, the replacement unit will cost a bit less. Additionally, regardless of the type of pump, you can buy it with or without the reservoir. If you buy it without, it'll save you some more money. Simply transfer the reservoir from the old pump to the new. You didn't say if you have the 5.2 or the 4.0, but the 5.2 has a self adjusting belt tensioner. This makes removing and replacing the belt about a 3 minute job. The only tool being a breaker bar. I wouldn't spend a penny on a flush and fill anywhere. If they are being paid to replace the pump, they should fill it up and bleed it as part of the installation. Nothing more should be required. The job is definitely one that can be done (even outside in the cold) yourself. It just depends on how much money you have to give to someone else (how much is your comfort worth?).
Finally, a rebuilt pump costs a lot less than a new pump, and will give years of service too.


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post #6 of 9 Old 01-17-2006, 09:46 PM
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Removing the pulley without destroying it is the difficult part of he job. You need a tool for the job or you can buy a new pulley too.


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Thanks guys, once I get the parts I think I might do it myself, since it will be in the Midas parking lot, if I decide its do F-ing cold, i can say "You finish it" I cant drive it far since the shaft actually blew out and I have no belt, so I can't bring it back to school to fix it here. Anyone know off hand how much power steering fluid this will need...I can't remember, but I can always check my manual...problem with that is, its in my truck, so if a friend drops me off, i'll still need to go out, buy fluid and put it in before i can drive the truck.

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Anyone know if a 95 ZJ belt will fit a 96? Both have the same powertrain, but I know the 95-96 model years changed.

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I dont think the belt will interchange, I could be wrong but I was amazed at the few things that would interchange from a 93-95 to a 96-98. Also I think I paid around $275 just for my pump instaled. But when they were done they borke the high preasure line, and the box still leaked. Gotta love the ZJ.

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