Easy guide on how to replace the power steering pump yourself.
Estimated time: approx 2 hours Difficulty: Medium
You will need to put a pan or container underneath the power steering pump as you look to drain the fluid from the pump. Disconnect the power line and fluid return hose which will then start leaking fluid.
It’s best to plug the end of the hose and line to stop any more fluid leaking and to stop any contaminants from entering the system. You could use a bolt or any other item that will block the flow.
Loosen the serpentine belt by loosening the nut on the pulley. Then slip the belt off the pulley.
There will be bolts attaching the power steering pump to the engine, unlock these bolts to free the power steering pump and bracket. Take the old power steering pump out and the bracket out. You might need a specialist tool to remove the pulley from the shaft.
Once this is done you can remove the four mounting nuts connecting the bracket to the power steering pump. When this is done separate the power steering pump from the bracket.
Place the bracket over the new power steering pump and bolt the four mounting nuts to these parts, securing them tightly. Place the pulley over the shaft and tighten accordingly. The power steering pump is now ready to be installed on the vehicle.
Bolt the power steering pump back in place, and then slip the belt over the pulley, ensuring they are both fitted correctly. Remove the stops you placed on the fluid return hose and power line and fasten them back onto the power steering pump.
Wipe down the connection areas so that any fluid leak can be easily detected. The system must now be bled to ensure any air has been removed for optimum power steering performance.
You will now need to top up the power steering reservoir with power steering fluid. Check the level of the fluid and then replace the cap to the reservoir.
Final step in installing the power steering pump
Start the engine and allow it to run idle for a few minutes. Now check the fluid levels again and top up if necessary.
Take the vehicle for a test drive.
This completes the power steering pump installation.