New Power Steering Pump

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Bob,
I sure could use some help. I recently installed a new power steering pump on my 1990 Camry 4-cylinder car. Now the car acts like it has no power steering at all when you steer it. It seems like the power steering fluid is not getting to the pump or something. Can you help me fix/solve this?
Lewis

Lewis,
You might have to bleed the system. You many have gotten some crud into it from the old system. You may want to try disconnecting the high pressure hose and carefully run the pump. Have the hose pump fluid into a container until it flows clean. Then re-attach to the steering rack. Disconnect the return line at the pump and do the same thing. Flow until clean fluid only comes. You may want to turn the steering wheel from lock to lock a few times while doing this part of the procedure. Then, reconnect and refill and you should be good to go.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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