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Power Steering woes... can I get some advice?
Posted 17 July 2004 - 09:02 PM
I'm pretty sure it's my power steering pump. At first, it would only whine after the car had been driven a while, but now, the car has a horrible whine right when I first start it up. Also, I get an occasional odd smell coming from my car when I start out (at a stop sign or light or whatever) that smells faintly of burning plastic, or rubber, not sure exactly what.
I went to a dealership to check out the price on a new pump, and was quoted $390. This is way too much to pay, so I was going to check out used pumps.
Do you guys know any places that would have a new pump for cheaper, or should I just get a used one? Would the build quality in a used one hold up to a new one? Do you guys know where I can find a used one?
Anyway, I greatly appreciate your help and advice!
Posted 18 July 2004 - 03:22 AM
Posted 18 July 2004 - 10:30 AM
Yeah you can try a junkyard for a pump, or a local parts store may have one cheaper.
Posted 18 July 2004 - 01:29 PM
Does anyone know exactly what PS pumps will work? Are they the same on any 90-94 Legacy? Are they the same on Turbo and N/A ones?
Posted 18 July 2004 - 08:33 PM
Posted 19 July 2004 - 01:26 AM
Changed p/s drive belt 4 or 5 months ago. Now I have the squeal for 5 to 10 seconds on startup and then on-and-off for the first few minutes of driving.
Changed p/s fluid. Took belt off and checked the pully and shaft--turns smoothly, no odd noises. But when my son started the car and cranked the steering full to one side and then the other, we heard the "juddering" sound and I noticed rapid little stop-and-go hesitations in the p/s pump pully. That scared me!
What does it mean? Does the sqeal come from the belt or the pump? Do I need a new pump? Could it be gunk in the lines? Is it--heaven forbid--a problem in the rack & pinion?
Appreciate any insights, gang.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 02:22 AM
FYI: If anyone wants a good used pump, I can sell one for $25.00 (or BO) plus shipping. It's working perfectly. You will need a new o-ring that goes in between the pump and reservoir.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 02:55 AM
Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:57 AM
Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:37 PM
Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:39 AM
This is my second thread that's over 8 months old that was bumped recently. Weird.
Better to Bump than start a new thread on the same topic, means people are using the search feature. Now, am I correct that the '03 Legacy GT should have speed sensative steering?
Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:56 AM
The steering rack? And yes, it is expensive and difficult to replace. Fortunately, it seems to seldom require replacement on Subarus. The steering pump is a good bet, and much, much easier to replace.
Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:12 AM
The steering rack? And yes, it is expensive and difficult to replace. Fortunately, it seems to seldom require replacement on Subarus. The steering pump is a good bet, and much, much easier to replace.[/QUOTE]
Well the car is still under warrenty, the sounds does seem to come from the TOP of the motor not under neath near the RACK!! So have any of you heard of P/S pumps going bad on '03 Legacy GT's. DOES THIS CAR HAVE SPEED SENSITIVE STEERING??
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