GM Full-Size Trucks 1980-1987 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump

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FLUID LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

The power steering pump is belt driven; it is located at the front of the engine. The fluid level is checked at the reservoir, located on the top of the pump. The reservoir is part of the belt-driven power steering pump at the front of the engine. To check the fluid level and/or add fluid:



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Fig. Fig. 1: Power steering reservoir dipstick markings

  1. Wipe off the cap and surrounding area, after stopping the engine with the wheels straight.
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  3. Remove the cap and attached dipstick.
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Fig. Fig. 2: The power steering pump is often located underneath other accessories such as the A/C compressor



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Fig. Fig. 3: Carefully reach down, unscrew and remove the pump reservoir cap

  1. Wipe the dipstick off with a clean, lint-free rag, replace the cap, and take a reading. If the fluid is hot, the level should be between HOT and COLD; if it is cold, it should be between COLD and ADD.
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  3. Either GM Power Steering Fluid or DEXRON®II Automatic Transmission Fluid may be used.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Check the appropriate markings on the cap dipstick

 
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