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Unbelievable Power Steering Pump Failure

By bencar

Try this one on for size. Son and Wife come roaring over to the house around 3:00 P.M. to tell me that the Wife's car is stuck over by the Bank. So, I jump in my Truck, and Wife, with Son and friend following in his Truck, barrel on down to see what went wrong. When I got there and lifted the Hood, I see the Power Steering Pump Pulley, with the Shaft attached, hanging out of the front of the Pump. I had just put that Pump on barely 3 months ago. The only good news, was the car was at idle when all the carnage took place, so other than another Pump, and a new Serpentine Belt, and some fresh Power Steering fluid, there was no other damage. Mind you, I had to change out the defective Pump at the Bank Parking Lot, then return it for a credit, since it was still under warranty.

In over 37 years of working on my own vehicles, I have NEVER seen a Power Steering Pump Shaft walk right out of a Pump, like that one on our Buick did, no less a Pump that was barely 3 month old. Thank g-d it didn't let loose at highway speed, or there would have been serious damage, beyond just the destroyed Belt and Pump. Oh, and I pitched a fit about the Belt, so Advance Auto gave me discount on the new Belt.

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bencar’s Profile Photo
Jul 22, 2012 at 1:04 am
The guts stayed inside the Pump, it was the Shaft, with the Pulley on it that came out.
Crazyfast79TA’s Profile Photo
Jul 22, 2012 at 12:39 am
I had a water pump fall apart like that on my ex's '89 Cutlass Supreme. She had a coolant leak but didn't bother to bring the car to me until it "was making noise". First thing I saw when I opened the hood was the guts of the pump laying in the housing and the pulley and shaft hanging on the belt. If my name wasn't on the loan, I would've shut the hood and told her it wasn't my concern.

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