Ram Power Steering Pump Replacement
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The power steering pump installation was this weekend, so I thought I would add an FYI to the archives for future reference. I bought just the pump from Auto Zone, it did not include a reservoir a pulley. Transferring the parts over to the new pump was easy except for getting the pulley off the old pump. Dodge uses a pressed on pulley that was quite difficult to get off - I ended up going to three different shops to have it removed. In the process, the first two shops broke their pullers (~$80-100 for the puller). Finally I went to a Dodge dealership and they removed the pulley with a hydraulic press - and for free!!! Finally, a nice service department, Schroder Motors in Benton Harbor, MI. Once the pulley is off, installing it is easy, just a bolt, nut and washer to press it back on. If one was to replace a power steering pump, make sure beforehand to find a shop that will pull of the old pulley. I spent most of the time running from machine shop to machine shop than removing and installing the new pump!!!
I disconnected the coil and left the low pressure return line off and cranked the engine over to flush the dirty, burned fluid out and replace it with Valvoline Synthetic PowerSteering fluid. PS - I had the battery disconnected for about 12 hours (since I did the repairs overnight), which reset the computer. The truck stumbled a lot when I hooked the coil back up, but once the computer relearned everything, it runs better than ever!
Subject: Re: DiRT: Power Steering Pump Installation
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 20:32:51 -0700
From: Mikie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Transferring the parts over to the new pump was easy except for getting
> the pulley off the old pump. Dodge uses a pressed on pulley that was
> quite difficult to get off - I ended up going to three different shops
> to have it removed.
Chevy uses this same press on pulley. The Autozone I got mine from will lend you a tool to remove it (actually you buy it, and they buy it back when you return it) or just do it on the spot free.
Mikie Phx, http://home.att.net/~mbeatty
Last update 05/11/99