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Power Steering Help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by nick96, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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    So I changed my starter out last weekend, pulled my power steering line at the front axle so I could get the damn thing pulled out. All the fluid did end up draining out.

    I did drive it without power steering fluid for about 25 miles. Just added power steering fluid and now in has the power steering "whine".

    Did I just screw up my pump by driving without fluid or is that noise the fluid working itself through the system? I'm hoping it's the latter, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM
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    Yes, you just fucked the pump.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    That's great.

    So, this is something I can do or a shop?
     
  4. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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    To replace it? Yeah, you can do it. It's just a couple bolts and the belt.

    FYI - Next time disconnect the belt if you have to run the truck with no powersteering fluid.
     
  5. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM
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    Thanks for the info
     
  6. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM
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    Hopefully you didn't send metal into the Rack. when you change the pump make sure you flush the system really well.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM
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    And if I did.......:confused:
     
  8. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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    Ask redz..............:devil:
     
  9. Nov 6, 2009 at 11:55 AM
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    Okay....PM sent!
     
  10. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    i have a question too
    can you fuck the pump if you put too much power steering fluid in it ?
     
  11. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM
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    Nope, it might leak out the top though.
     
  12. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM
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    would another symptom be it only halfway works?
     
  13. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM
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    Halfway worked? Whatcha mean?
     
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    not really but it will blow the seal on the cap. then Air can get it.

    Nick. when you install the new pump get a few bottles of ATF. those pumps dont use Power steering Fluid.
    1-Install the new pump, clean the resovor and install the pulley.
    2- Only install the High Pressure line.
    3. Plug the hole coming out of the res. and take the return hose and put in a bucket.
    4- Fill the res, and have some one turn over the motor as you keep pouring in new fluid, do not let it get to low....
    also they need to turn the wheel lock to lock to clear up the rack.

    then once you start seeing new fresh fluid coming out of the return hose. put the hose back on a res and top off the fluid.

    Then you should be good.
     
  15. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM
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    like some times it works and sometimes it dosent
    you kinda have to rev the motor to get it to work
    and when it dose work its not like it should
     
  16. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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    The belt could be loose? does it squeal when you turn the wheel @ idle>?
     
  17. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    Thanks. I will give it a go and let ya know how it goes!
     
  18. Nov 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM
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    yeah man just make sure to not let the pump run Dry ever. that is the worst possible..;)
     
  19. Nov 6, 2009 at 1:36 PM
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