Originally Posted by Tommyboy72
FYI I did find instructions for removing a PS pump from a 1st gen SC400 and its looks identical:
NeoFate - Have you rebuilt/replaced your unit? The pulley should definitely not wobble - have you checked that its aligned and torqued properly? Also have you cleaned your solenoid, from what I have read researching my own problem it sounds like that could be your culprit.
I have done nothing 'yet'.
The unit is not rebuilt. It is stock and it had a leak before I bought the car. The mechanic (seller) replaced the rack and pinion as he thought that was the root of the leak/problem, and it has since NOT leaked. However, the described problem still exists. So it makes noise at a dead stop/not moving (foot on brake) turning the wheel side to side. Also at that same position it is harder to turn.
But functions perfectly at any 'speed' when the car is moving no noise ,and easy steering.
The mechanic has said he will replace the pump for free if the rack didn't fix the problem.
Well the problem of a 'leak' is fixed, but the problem I describe isn't fixed. I hope he will honor the replacement of pump due to this problem.
But, as you can tell from all I've read and what has been told to me I surely dont' want to get the pump replaced if it somehow wont' fix my problem. I am almost certain the replacement of the pump would fix the issue. If it is the pulley/bearing -- A new pump will have a new bearing/pulley so it would be fixed.
If it is the pump itself,.. well, a new one will fix it.
However, if it is some other issue (not many left) and I have a new PS pump, and new Rack and Pinion I dunno
I want to clean the 'filters' and solenoid and all of that. I just don't know exactly where they are located. People tell me to clean the filter and the filter on the rack.. (But with a new rack wouldn't the RACK filter be clean now? or no?) -- The solenoid I have read a little about it, but don't have any DIY pictures to refer to , to go pop the hood and start cleaning.
Is there any DIY or pictures of cleaning all of these components? Solenoid/and any screens? Is there any chance of messing things up by cleaning these? How 'fragile' are the solenoid and two screens?
As for the pulley -- I don't have a torquewrench,.. I really need to find one , but those I have found are 80-90$ -- And I am not going to spend almost $100 on a torque wrench. I don't have the money to be honest to spend on something like that. I know I bought a cheap one a loooong time ago from walmart or maybe a hardware store for under $20. I can justify buying a relatively cheap torque wrench for maybe 20-40$ -- Really don't want to go over $50.00 for a torque wrench. Given what it is, I would think I could get a mid-grade torque wrench for $50.
I have not been to sears.. as has been recommended. Though am I going to have to spend the 80+$ for a torque wrench, or are those just jacked up prices at the Lowes and Home Depot I found them at?
Anyhow -- I am going to put in a new airfilter, and drivebelt (serpentine) today. That is when I was planning on checking the play on the pulley of the water pump because the belt would be off anyway.
I'd really like to have a torque wrench on hand to check that as well.. but I currently do not. Any round-about way to check the torque in general without such a tool? Or should I just rotate the pulley manually by hand and wiggle it and report back with my findings?
*Doing such,.. what should a WP pulley feel like? How should it rotate? How much force should be required and so on. So I know what to be looking for when I am experimenting with it while the belt is off.*
I get 12 different solutions/opinions from 12 different people.
3-5 people say , replace your Water pump and it should take care of the problem since you have a rack and no leak.. 99% sure.
A few others say replace the bearing in the housing/pulley since it wobbles.. that is my culprit.
Then others say clean this and that screen..
You say cleaning my solenoid is likely the problem, not the 'wobble' in the pulley.
The obvious answer is to do all of it,.. the 'free' things before I go to mechanic and get him to replace the pump. I intend on it, and will do it today providing I can research and find enough information on how to find the screens/solenoid, then how to properly clean them.
Only thing I know is how to jack the vehicle up in the front, and turn the wheels side to side 50 times with the cap off reservoir to ensure no air is in the system. (Doubt that is my problem, but I'll do it).
Thanks for the insight.