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Old 03-21-2008, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default Can someone direct me to a replace power steering tutorial?

I did a search and found some for SSEi but none for my 1996 SE series 1. I have never replaced a power steering pump before and am unsure what I'm getting into. The pump seems to work fine but I put on a new serpentine belt because I was hearing a squeal/chirping sound and while the belt was off the only pulley that seemed to wiggle a bit was the power steering. That coupled with the squeal happening while turning right (and hitting the brakes, but not while turning left? ) leads me to believe the power steering pulley bearings are going out. Is there a way to replace the bearings and pulley? Or do I need to replace the whole unit? How hard of a job is this going to be? Any links to some wikis on it or other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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There'* no such thing as a 1996 Series 1. The Series 1 non-supercharbged ended in 94, and the 96 was a Series 2.

A little clarification from you would help.
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Sorry, typo. Just as in my sig it'* a '94
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Just curious, why is it so hard to find a tutorial on replacing a non supercharged series 1 power steering pump? I've used the search function and read through several pages and can only find stuff about SC and/or series 2. Mine looks easy to get to because it is right on top in the rear but I've never done it before. I'm not sure how the hydraulic lines connect and if there are any do'* and don't'* before I dig in and start taking things apart. I love my car but it needs a little TLC, so far this is the best place that I've found good helpful advice. I know if i'm patient enough I'll get her in great shape.
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Two bolts. Access them through the pulley. It'* a little tight, but the PS pump will come out. You'll need to disconnect the reservior line, the two lines to the rack, and the T2V connector also.

But only 2 bolts hold it to the accessory bracket.
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You'll need to disconnect the reservior line, the two lines to the rack, and the T2V connector also.
These are the things I'm worried about. How much trouble are these going to cause? Do I need any special tools? Do the lines just have threads and nuts at the ends or are they crimped on?
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Basic tools will get it done. For the PS pump bolts, a 3" extension and a standard socket, or a short extension and a deep socket (preferred).

Simple standard wrenches for the lines, pliers for the remote reservior line. Fingers for the connector. You'll need the car on ramps or jackstands before you begin. Most of the connections are best reached from underneath, but through the RF wheelwell (inner fender liner removed) may suit you better.

It'* a relatively simple job, but it'* a tight reach at times.

I assume you know the pump is bad? Have you had any luck actually finding the correct T2V pump for your application? If you have it already, does it have the electrical connector on it?
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I thought upper end Bonnevilles got the T2V steering? i don't see any indication he has T2V?

Unless I missed it.
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My goof. Mixed him up with someone else. He probably doesn't have that or the remote reservior or the electrical connector. Unless he has RPO codes H4U and T2V.
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Basic tools will get it done. For the PS pump bolts, a 3" extension and a standard socket, or a short extension and a deep socket (preferred).

Simple standard wrenches for the lines, pliers for the remote reservior line. Fingers for the connector. You'll need the car on ramps or jackstands before you begin. Most of the connections are best reached from underneath, but through the RF wheelwell (inner fender liner removed) may suit you better.

It'* a relatively simple job, but it'* a tight reach at times.

I assume you know the pump is bad? Have you had any luck actually finding the correct T2V pump for your application? If you have it already, does it have the electrical connector on it?
No, I'm not positive the pump is bad. In fact every other indication is that it is good. It doesn't appear to leak fluid. But there is a squeal coming from somewhere and I just can't pinpoint it. When I changed the belt I felt all the pulleys and the one that had some play was the power steering so i assume it'* bad. It squeals when I hit the brakes and the rpms go below 1000 and it also squeals at low rpms when I turn right but it doesn't when I turn left. I don't understand that. But I took your advice from the other thread and am putting in a new pcv tomorrow but when I went to buy the O ring/gromet Auto Zone didn't have it for my car per say they just said I have to bring it in and match it to the ones they sell on the shelf.

With all that being said, I haven't bought a new pump or anything yet. I don't know how to tell if it is the electronic unit or not and I'm not 100% positive that it is the problem of my squeal/chirping sound. Just trying to hit things one at a time.

Is there any way I can get by by getting a kit that would just replace the bearings for the pulley so i wouldn't have to replace the whole unti because the pump is good and works great. I'm just not sure what to do.
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