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Old 09-16-2019, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

Power steering was working fine. I parked the car and when I restarted it the power steering did not work. There appears to be a small leak under the reservoir. I cleaned it up and pumped out the reservoir two times and replaced the fluid. Power steering still does not work at all.
What should I check next ?
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

It might be a long shot, but take the power steering pump off the intake camshaft and see if the end has broken off. I have seen that just once but it may be worth a look to see. The pump is driven by the intake camshaft.

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Old 09-16-2019, 08:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

That could be it because I don't think it pumping at all.
I'll check that.
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

Take the return line off the pump and put it in a mason jar or something like that, Start engine for a second or two and see if fluid is being pumped into it. Keep it higher then the pump so you know gravity is not at play. Get A helper to turn key so you can watch flow, it should pump pretty fast.

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Old 10-26-2019, 12:03 PM   #5
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Replaced the power steering pump. Problem fixed.
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Old 10-26-2019, 12:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

Was the end broken or did it have an internal problem?

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Old 11-17-2019, 06:08 PM   #7
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

Hi,
I have LW200 with 310k miles. What fluid did you use?
I would prefer to put ATF fluid in mine. But, owners manual shows differently.

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Old 11-17-2019, 06:43 PM   #8
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

With 300+k miles atf will work fine. It is less expensive but may leak more. Lucas makes a power steering stop leak.

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Old 11-17-2019, 07:48 PM   #9
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Hi,
I have LW200 with 310k miles. What fluid did you use?
I would prefer to put ATF fluid in mine. But, owners manual shows differently.
I'm a fan using the recommended fluid for the power steering system. Power steering fluid is specified for that unit because the hydraulic pressure is much greater there than in the transmission. When transmission fluid is under the pressure brought to bare by a power steering system it causes the fluid to bubble and thus weakens the system. Now, you're probably not going to use much fluid if you just want to add, but why use the wrong fluid? Power steering fluid is more expensive than ATF, but not extremely so.

Generic brands one could find at any auto parts store or WalMart will do just fine. Some brand examples: Johnsens's, Valvoline, Prestone, Castrol, AutoZone, O'Reillys, NAPA...lots of options (of course there's always AC Delco). Just make sure that they meet the equivalent part number shown in your Owner's Handbook. Some brands may state on the container that they are suitable for a particular brand only in specified model years.

FWIW, I use Johnsen's and have for many years.

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Old 11-28-2019, 02:38 PM   #10
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Default Re: 2002 LW200 Power Steering Quit

Thanks, Pierrot.
I used a clear hose attached to the low pressure hose. I had lots of dextron III on hand. I jacked, and turned from lock to lock. Until the old black fluid disappeared, and the hose was now filling with red. After a couple of days. I realized it could be better. So, I flushed it this time with Valvoline power steering fluid. I could tell as soon as I turned it on the jacks. (engine off) Much smoother than the ATF. Thanks for the responses.

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