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Unread 12-07-2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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power steering pump

how can I tell if my power steering pump is going or shot on a 1987 jeep wagoneer. Thanks

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Unread 12-07-2012, 07:44 AM   #2
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Steering problems?
Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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Does not make any noise that I can hear I think it is something around the serpentine belt but my husband seems to think it is coming from the power steering pump. Drive great no wiggle, no noise when turning but when you step on the gas the noise gets louder we have tried belt dressing but that only works for a few minutes and now the noise has changed a bit so really I am not sure what it is. a mechanic I talked to said to change the belt and clean the pulley's easy for him to say I have know idea how to do it. But on the other hand will have to learn
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Unread 12-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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Yeah the advice is good. It is time to remove the belt, check all pulleys and idler (if installed) and make sure they are all good no loose bearings. Then you need to make sure the pulleys have no oil or rust on them which will cause the new belt to squel. Then install a new belt. <$30 bucks for a good belttry a goodyear gatorback. It should take no more than 30 minutes if you find nothing wrong. But if you haave no idea how it could be a little difficult but go to you tube aand check for a video there are a ton of videos for all sorts of things and some are actually very very good. Basic tools nothing fancy. Take a chance save a buck or two and have a cold beer when your done.
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Unread 12-08-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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Try to eyeball the pulleys and make sure one is not out of line with the others, make sure an accesory or bracket is not loose or broken. Like said above, remove belt and wiggle pulleys and spin them to listen for noise. The clean all that belt dressing off of the pulleys. Try this for noises too, as long as you are real careful you can take a long screwdriver and put the tip on the pulley mounting bolts or on and around the areas you think the noise is coming from then stick the other end of screwdriver up to your ear. Just be careful not to hit the fan, belt or moving pulleys. I usually follow this around to where the noise is the loudest. There is a mechanics stethoscope tool thats made for the above test but often times I find a screwdriver or prybar works just as good.

FYI a long piece of heater hose can be used for noises too but it works better for things like ticking from an exhaust leak or windnoises, the screwdriver/prybar method is better for bearing noise or vibration caused noises. Hold hose to ear and use other end to listen for noises.
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