Camaro, Firebird, 1999 - 2002

Power Steering Pump

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Bleeding




NOTE
Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.

Fill pump reservoir with fluid to minimum system level, FULL COLD level, or middle of hash mark on cap stick fluid level indicator.

With hydro-boost only, the oil level will appear falsely high if the hydro-boost accumulator is not fully charged. Do not apply the brake pedal with the engine OFF. This will discharge the hydro-boost accumulator.

If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:



Start the engine.
 
Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
 
Turn the engine OFF.
 
Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
 

Key ON engine OFF , turn the steering wheel from stop to stop 12 times. Vehicles equipped with hydro-boost systems or longer length power steering hoses may require turns up to 15 to 20 stop to stops. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining). Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

Removal & Installation



3.8L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Power steering pump pulley
     
    Power steering pressure hose from the power steering pump
     
    Power steering reservoir hose from the power steering pump
     
    Power steering pump mounting nuts from the power steering pump
     
    Power steering pump from the vehicle

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    Fig. Power steering pump and external view-3.8L engine

     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install the power steering pump to the vehicle and tighten the nuts to 23 ft. lbs. (30 Nm)
  2.  
  3. Install the power steering pressure hose to the power steering pump.
  4.  
  5. Install the power steering reservoir hose to the power steering pump.
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering pump pulley.
  8.  
  9. Reconnect negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Bleed the power steering system.
  12.  

5.7L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Power steering pump pulley
     
    Power steering return hose from the power steering pump
     
    Power steering pressure hose from the power steering pump
     

  6.  
  7. Remove the following components from the power steering pump:

    Power steering pump mounting bolts
     
    Power steering pump front bracket
     

  8.  
  9. Remove the power steering pump from the power steering pump rear bracket.

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    Fig. Power steering pump location and external view-5.7L engine

  10.  

To install:

  1. Install the power steering pump to the power steering pump rear bracket.
  2.  
  3. Install the following components to the power steering pump:

    Power steering pump front bracket
     
    Power steering pump mounting bolts and tighten the to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm)
     

  4.  
  5. Install the power steering pressure hose to the power steering pump.
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering return hose to the power steering pump.
  8.  
  9. Install the power steering pump pulley.
  10.  
  11. Bleed the power steering system.
  12.  

 
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