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Old 07-27-2003, 10:49 PM   #1
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The power steering lines and the transmission lines rusted out on my SSEI. This happens right where they go through the various plastic clamps. The power steering line is a convoluted combination of rubber and metal lines, that loops up at the front of the engine to serve as a cooler. You can buy this octopus from GM, and it actually is not that expensive. It'* the craziest part you ever did see. If you could stretch it out, I bet it would be 10 feet long. Stock, the p/* lines had some of that corrugated plastic on it here and there. This is where it rusted, so I did not put that back on.

I am posting this mainly to say that this power steering line can indeed be replaced without removing the engine. It is tricky, but it CAN be done.
I also painted the metal lines black before installing. Added insurance.

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I need your help. Did you have any problem getting all of the air out of the power steering? Currently my pump whines when turning and the rpms are past 1500. I just changed the fluid and put in fresh STP Power Fluid.

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No, I did not have trouble getting the air out of the system. Basically I just filled it up, and ran it for a short time without steering. Then shut down, and refill. Then, put the car up, start it and slowly turn the wheels without them being on the ground. A bit of driving and then a final re-check in a day or two, and that was it.

If you did much steering without fluid, that can harm the pump. Otherwise, it sounds like you have a noisy pump, and it has nothing to do with air in the system. That is my opinion.
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Hmm. I'll try to bleed it once more, and then maybe it'* time for a new pump.
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Shouldn't have to bleed it at all, just use it.
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I'm not sure how easy this would be to change out. Looks like the alternator is in the way, and its bracket. I can't tell if the bracket would come off easily, or if it needs to come off. Then the coolant lines would have to be removed. Then it may come out, if I have enough play to get to the fluid lines on the bottom.

Or I could take it to the dealer....

Have you replaced one on one of these */c engines?
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