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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 10, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Power steering pump noise

I have a 68 Camaro with a 350 ci and power steering. The steering works great but after it warms up the PS pump starts making the noise like it is low on fluid. I top off the pump but that does not stop the noise. It really never needs any but I make sure it is full. I put this pump in when I restored the car and built the engine a few years back but it did that back then also. I am just now getting around to fixing little things like this that I have been ignoring while I have been enjoying just driving it.
Should I just replace it or is that normal for 1st gen PS pumps to make that noise?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 06:29 AM
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Re: Power steering pump noise

It is not normal for a Saginaw P-pump to make a lot of noise when you steering the car. You might check to see if your flexible coupling is in good shape. One of the functions of the rubber disc in the flexible coupling is to isolate hydraulic noise from traveling from the gear valve right up the steering shaft and into the driver compartment. Check to make sure that the stop pins are not grounding against the flange on the steering column shaft.

Another area that can cause a lot of noise is if you have power steering hoses resting against body or fenderwell panels. This can also be a direct path for hydraulic noise to travel into the car body and driver compartment.

Lastly, the plates inside the pump could be damaged and the pump needs to be refurbished or replaced.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 07:10 AM
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Re: Power steering pump noise

I had a similar problem and although I doubt it's what is causing your noise, it's definitely worthwhile to check. It turned out that my pulley simply wasn't on the PS pump shaft tightly enough.

Like I said, I doubt it's your problem, but since it's so simple it's definitely worth double-checking.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 10, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Power steering pump noise

I will look at it tonight. Thanks to both.
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