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Saginaw Power Steering Pump Rebuild

Saginaw Power Steering Pump Rebuild

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Saginaw Power Steering Pump Rebuild
Here's a DIY tip for saving yourself about $50 next time your
saginaw power steering pump bites the dust.

You could spend $60+ on a remanufactured power steering pump or you
could save some hard earned cash and rebuild one yourself with some
mechanical skills, a little time, and either this $15 rebuild kit P/N 7910 from

partsamerica.com or this $12 seal kit P/N 7918 also from partsamerica.com
If your power steering pump is leaking, steering wheel is harder to turn, the
pump belt is squealing even though it's tight?
If so, and if your power steering pump looks like the picture below left, it's a
Saginaw

These pumps are found in one of myriad older cars from the 70's and 80's: Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, GMCs, Volvos, Saabs, Chryslers, AMCs, Jeeps.

Above right is the kit I got at AutoZone (based on '86 Jeep Grand Wagoner).
PN 7918. Note: if your shaft bushing is worn, you're better off to go into the
parts store and compare kits to make sure you get the one with the shaft
bushing. Otherwise, the seal kit (the 7918 Parts America link above) is
cheapest.

You'll need at least some of these tools (below left):
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Impact wrench for removing mounting studs and fittings
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Combination wrenches for reinstall to prevent stripping studs
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Thin screwdrivers for prying
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A nail, scribe or punch, you'll see why
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The red box to the left is the kit for removing the P/S pulley.
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Hammer for tapping out the shaft
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A seal puller tool will also help.
To begin disassembly, you'll want to use an electric or air impact wrench with
long socket on #1 and #2 in the picture above right.

For #3 above, remove the fitting (probably did this already when you took
out the pump) and use a 1" socket on the fitting to remove it. Be careful
because there is a pressure valve that you'll need to remove (below left).

You'll need to use a power steering pump pulley remover/installer kit
(available for borrowing from AutoZone, Checker; also available for purchase
at these places and HarborFreight) I don't have any pictures of how to use
this tool as they may vary. You can also have your local auto parts store
remove the pulley for you.
Now place the pump in the vise (below left). There is a flat spot on the snout
casting, so clamp onto that. Use a rubber mallet and tap off the cover.
Remove the magnet and clean off all the metal flakes from it (below right).

Next, you'll need to remove the lock ring that holds the pressure plate in
place. There's a hole at the bottom of the PS casting through which you can
insert a nail or similar object to force the lock ring out. You can then pry it
out.

If it helps, you may have to press down on the pressure plate while doing the
above.

Above right are the parts that you've taken out so far. The lock ring, pressure plate, spring that holds the pressure plate against the lock ring, magnet, and pressure relief valve.

Inside, you'll see the pump assembly held in with a couple pins. The assembly
is made up of a front and rear cover, sandwiching the eccentric housing and
the vane and rotor assembly.

IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE YOU REMOVE ANYTHING ELSE: Find the

arrows on the eccentric housing, and note whether they are positioned at the
front or the back of the power steering pump. You can install the housing in
the wrong way. If you do, when you reinstall in your vehicle, you will find it
extremely hard to turn the steering wheel--the pump is actually fighting
against you instead of assisting you. Ask me how I know!

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