88 5ksq Hydraulics Question

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Dec 7 14:27:12 EST 2002

I can't see how you'd lose all power assist to steering without also having

I'd try taking off the supply line to the pump to see whether there is
something obstructing the banjo bolts.  One or two of the bolts has/have
screens, and maybe you have a blocked screen????

At 08:37 AM 12/07/2002 -0500, George Butler wrote:
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>Hello all,
>I noticed that my son had lost power steering, as well as power brakes, in
>his 88 5ksq this week (power steering fluid is at the "max" level, belt
>tension is fine).  He mentioned that the car had been "that way" for
>weeks.  I had replaced the original power-steering pump with one from a
>bone yard over a year ago and the unit has been running quietly and
>effectively until recently.  I have three questions;
>1. Due to the fact that the power brakes are also not working, can I
>accurately conclude that the problem is due to loss of  central hydraulic
>2. Are 88 5ksq's prone to going through power steering pumps?
>3. Besides having power brakes but no power steering, how could I tell if
>a power steering loss would be rack-related?
>Any observations, BTDT's, or comments? TIA
>George B.

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