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I've got a 1968 RS Camaro that I recently put a ZZ4 350 in. Unfortunately, the power steering pump is making some noises that concern me. First of all, sometimes the belt squeals even though it's brand new. Second, and more troubling, the pump tends to groan loudly. I'm worried I connected the hoses "backwards" at the steering box. Can anyone out there tell me which fitting on the steering box gets the high pressure hose from the pump and which one is supposed to be connected to the low pressure "return" hose? Please e-mail any help you can provide to [email protected] Thanks in advance for any help!

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You can't hook up the hoses backwards. The fittings are different sizes. The pressure hose will thread into the back of the pump and the return line just has a hose clamp and slides on the back of the pump. I would guess that maybe the pully grooves are different in that the belt may fit allright in the pump pulley but may not ride in the other pulleys very well. Or vice a versa. That may be where the squealing is coming from besides just a loose belt. The groaning may be that the pump is being spun much faster than designed. What type of pulleys do you have on the motor? Or, maybe it's just bad timing & the pump is going away on you.

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it is full of POWER STEERING FLUID, right? and not ATF? have all the air bubbles been purged from the system?
with the engine off, make sure the resevoir is full. start it up, and let it idle while you SLOWLY turn the wheel from full lock to full lock a few times- never holding it at full lock for more than a second or so. doing this will purge any remaining air bubbles from the system. watch the fluid level while doing this, and if it foams up, it has air. let it sit for a while if it bubbles up and do this whole operation over until there are no air bubbles in the system.

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Can I use transmission fluid for power steering in a 1985 Chevy 1 ton R30 with a 454
If this is a hydra boost I would suppose it might. I would suggest a call to a local parts store to make sure. If it's not hydra boost then you should use power steering fluid only.
 
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