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Old 12-08-2003, 08:32 PM   #1
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Went to get 66K mi oil change at Saturn service & found out there was a power steering pump seal leak. Cost to fix was $207. Is this accurate?

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Old 12-08-2003, 09:22 PM   #2
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Oh yes, another question...is this something I can wait to repair or does it need to be done ASAP? I told them no to fix it and that I would get back to them.

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How much PS fluid do you have to replace. If you only have to add once a month or so, I would wait.
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for reference, on my '94 SL2 the PS pump was diagnosed as being bad about a year ago by Saturn. It was going to cost $503 to fix because of a new bracket--you can guess what I said.

The symptoms were very hard to turn steering wheel only in the tightest of maneuvers, e.g. parallel parking.

Today it is still doing its thing and the symptoms have not gotten any better or worse for that matter. My PS fluid level has remained unchanged.

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It probably does leak a little, that seems to be common. You will notice that the white PS fluid container gets black crud flung onto it. Unless it looks like there is fluid leaking onto the alternator, or you have to top the PS fluid off with any regularity, it should be OK.

My '96 leaked also but it was only enough to have the level go down maybe 2 Oz. every few months, no big deal really.

That is prob. about right for one from Saturn installed. I'm assuming they just put a rebuilt pump on, as the cost with labor to R&R just that seal is probably almost as much as just replacing a pump.

If you wanted to do this yourself, a rebuilt pump from an auto parts place is probably $80 max after exchange. Just the seal could be had for mabye $5, but is probably a pain to change.

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OK thanks for the info. Unfortunately I never asked the the service guy if it's something that needs to be fixed right away altho I have a feeling he would say yes even if it didnt. How can I check this myself?
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I had a power steering pump leak and because the steering was stiff, the techs replaced the pump.

I think, but maybe one of the techs can confirm, that if the pump is operating ok, the seal can be replaced at significantly less money.
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actually, I just had a new water pump assembly installed about 4 mo's ago by Saturn since it was leaking. Isnt the power steering pump seal connected? I'm asking to see if it would be under warranty.
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PS pump seal no no way affected by replacing the water pump. check for oil that is being sprayed from the the PS pump pulley onto the firewall and underside of the hood. If there is wet oil there then it would be a good idea to replace the seal. Bad enough leak will dump oil onto the alt and eventually fry it. flate rate labour for the seal is 2.0 hours plus parts. The seal here ia about 10-15 dollars CDN.
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