GM Firebird 1982-1992 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Pulley removal



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Fig. Fig. 2: Steering pump removal; V6



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Fig. Fig. 3: Steering pump removal; V8

  1. Remove the hoses at the pump and tape the openings shut to prevent contamination. Position the disconnected lines in a raised position to prevent leakage.
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  3. Remove the pump belt. Remove the pump pulley, as required
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  5. Loosen the retaining bolts and any braces, and remove the pump.
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To install:
  1. Install the pump on the engine with the retaining bolt handtight.
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  3. Connect and tighten the hose fittings.
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  5. Refill the pump with fluid and bleed by turning the pulley counterclockwise (viewed from the front). Stop the bleeding when air bubbles no longer appear.
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  7. Install the pump belt on the pulley and adjust the tension.
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SYSTEM BLEEDING



  1. Fill the reservoir with power steering fluid.
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The use of automatic transmission fluid in the power steering system is NOT recommended.

  1. Allow the reservoir and fluid to sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
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  3. Start the engine, allow it to run for a moment, then turn it off.
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  5. Check the reservoir fluid level and add fluid if necessary.
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  7. Repeat the above steps until the fluid level stabilizes.
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  9. Raise the front of the vehicle so that the wheels are off of the ground.
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  11. Start the engine and increase the engine speed to about 1500 rpm.
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  13. Turn the front wheels right to left (and back) several times, lightly contacting the wheel stops at the ends of travel.
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  15. Check the reservoir fluid level. Add fluid as required.
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  17. Repeat step 8 until the fluid level in the reservoir stabilizes.
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  19. Lower the vehicle and repeat steps 8 and 9.
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