Lost power steering

Peter Golledge petergolledge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 18:52:37 PST 2015


I'll add that a pump rebuild is something any competent shop can handle.
The hardest part is getting the shaft seal replaced, for that you need a
puller to remove the pulley mount.  The rest is just pull out the o-rings
and put the kit ones in.  Now if your pump has sent bits up the line you
might have to get the screens on the banjo bolts cleaned.

Oh and careful on that drive, the same pump provides brake assist so extra
care required.

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 5:38 PM, Vincent Gelinas <vrgelinas at gmail.com>

> Peter,
> I've had the impeller of the pump go bad on me before. Everything else
> seemed fine but my PS was wonky. I replaced the pump and it was back to
> normal.
> Chris down at Force 5 should have the part you need. He opens at 9
> tomorrow morning and his number is 603.223.6700.
> Cheers,
> Vin
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jan 25, 2015, at 19:04, Peter Elias <peter at pcelias.com> wrote:
> >
> > As I turned into my driveway yesterday afternoon, I lost power
> steering.  Luckily I didn’t hit anything as I certainly wasn’t expecting
> the loss of PS and the resulting extra force required to turn the wheel!
> >
> > The patient:  1990 Audi 100.
> > Mileage:   oh, around 345,000
> >
> > The PS belt is still there, the pump is turning (and no strange noises
> either) and there is no loss of fluid.
> >
> > So I’m a bit baffled.  The current PS pump is a rebuild unit (since Audi
> apparently no longer carries this as a stock item) that I got from Rock
> Auto two or so years ago.  Even at Rock Auto, I had to go through 3
> different units from them (from 2 different re-manufacturers) until we
> found one that didn’t leak worse than the one we were replacing... (I mean,
> what’s the point of “rebuilding” when it leaks? ...sheesh...each time I had
> to pay the shop to install it...).     Looking at RockAuto right now, I see
> that  there is currently a rebuilt ACDelco unit available...
> >
> > I see that the boot / bellows around the steering rack is torn a bit one
> side, but it’s all dry there.  Could it be some seal/gasket inside the PS
> pump that is the problem?
> >
> > Unfortunately I have neither the tools (nor a rack) to do this kind of
> work myself... and hopefully I can limp (around 10 mile drive) to the only
> place around here that I trust to work on this car ... but even their local
> distributors couldn’t find me a PS pump the last time and had me source it
> thru RockAuto....   I see seal kits, but no ready-to-bolt on pumps...
> >
> > Sigh...
> >
> > Peter
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