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Old 10-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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I guess I'm beginning to see why I got a good deal on this car and why there was a bottle of royal purple power steering fluid in the trunk. I see a leak from the power steering looks like its coming from right behind the pulley. With the risk of sounding stupid... Does the whole engine have to come out to replace the power steering pump? I bought an online manual but the thing sucks and I can hardly navigate through it, non the less try to read its procedures is more complicated than the car.
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No, you dont have to remove the engine to change the pump, the shaft seal on the pump has failed, you need to disconnect the 2 lines going to the pump behind it, then remove the belt, after that you need to spin the power steering pump pulley to access the three 10MM bolts that fasten the pump to the engine, after that you should be able to remove the pump and replace it, suck out as much of the P/S fluid with a turkey baster before you remove the lines as it will minimize the spillage.
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Found my answer under "power steering" section page 87 of 222. tires comes off. and pulley and blah blah blah. Its copied below in case anyone needs. I will remove the power steering pump when i change the control arm and post back the results if the leak is indeed from the pump.

Power Steering Pump Replacement (LY7)
Callout Component Name
Preliminary Procedures
1. Remove the drive belt. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement .
2. Remove the right front tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal
and Installation .
3. Remove as much power steering fluid from the remote power steering fluid reservoir
as possible.
4. Place drain pans under the vehicle as needed.
1 Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Outlet Hose Clamp
2 Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Outlet Hose
3
Power Steering Gear Inlet Hose
Procedure:
NOTE:
Refer to Fastener Notice .
2007 Saturn Aura XR
2007 STEERING Power Steering - Aura
POWER STEERING FLUID RESERVOIR REPLACEMENT - OFF VEHICLE (LZ4)
Disassembly Procedure
1. Remove the power steering pump. Refer to Power Steering Pump Replacement (LZ4) or
Power Steering Pump Replacement (LY7).
2. Place the power steering pump on a fixed, flat surface, with the power steering pump shaft
facing upward.
Discard the and install a NEW power steering gear inlet hose O-ring seal
prior to installation of the hose.
Tighten: 27 N.m (20 lb ft)
4
Engine Mount Adapter Bolt
Tighten: 58 N.m (43 lb ft)
5
Power Steering Pump Bolt
Tighten: 50 N.m (37 lb ft)
6
Power Steering Pump
Procedure
1. Remove the power steering pump pulley. Refer to Power Steering
Pump Pulley Replacement (LZ4) or Power Steering Pump Pulley
Replacement (LY7).
2. Remove the engine mount adapter bracket bolts.
3. Remove the engine mount adapter bracket.
4. Fill and bleed the power steering system. Refer to Power Steering
System Bleeding.
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Hey SL19302,
Didn't see your response before I last submitted. Do you think its better to change the seal or the whole pump?
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Ive never personally replaced that seal, I usually swap the pump, Im not sure if you can get it or not, if the seal is avaliable that would be the way to go, if not replacing the pump is the only way to address the leak.
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Well put, I will probably just replace the pump. I found a couple sites offering the seal but for the 3.5l and the ones that say its for the 3.6l have the same part number so for the work Ill just spend the $95 and get the pump. Ill post back when its done. Thanks again.
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