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Power Steering Pump Posted by eric in vermont [Email] (#2058) [Profile/Gallery] (more from eric in vermont) on Wed, 15 Nov 2023 14:05:53 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
A few weeks ago, asked for recommendations on fixing my shifter movement in 5th gear. I ordered parts from Saabits- a front motor mount, a rear motor mount for the passenger side, as well as the rubber bushing for the shifter (the one in the engine compartment). Parts arrived quickly and I replaced the two motor mounts without much issue. The front was easier than the rear, as the new rear one gave a fight to go in. After it finally popped in place and I lowered the engine and tightened the bolts/bracket.
That's when I noticed the power steering pump pulley seemed to be loose. Oh no- did I somehow whack it fighting with the motor mount? After fooling around for a while, I finally realized that the whole pump was loose on it's mounting plate. I looked at used pump pictures on eBay and saw that it mounts to the bracket with two bolts. On my car, one bolt was missing and the other was loose. Gahh. How long has this been going on?? Probably a long time.
So... I was able, with much effort and time, to tighten the one remaining screw using an open end wrench. It wasn't easy. I then loosened the plate bolts and adjusted the belt tension. No way I can see to get a replacement bolt in there. Plus, I don't know the size, thread, or length.
I've read the archives and removal of the pump doesn't look like much fun. I assume I remove the pump and plate together. Probably remove the new motor mount on that side to gain access. I guess I should plan on at least one new hose there too (the reservoir one).
Any other recommendations for tightening the pump?
eric in vermont
PS- replacing the two motor mounts did cut the shifter movement by half.
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