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repairing my power steering

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by LMHmedchem, June 10, 2019.

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  1. LMHmedchem

    LMHmedchem Active Member

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    Hello,

    The power steering on my 2002 v8 XLT is shot. The system won't hold fluid at all. I think that there is a leak in one of the metal tubes that is welded to the rack, but I also think that the seals on the pump are gone. I have thought about removing the pump and replacing the seals but perhaps it makes more sense to replace the pump. Is replacing seals a reasonable option, the truck has ~150,000 miles on it.

    If I am replacing the pump, I have looked at these parts, (Price, Core, Total),

    CARDONE Reman Power Steering Pump 20290 ($37, $60, $97) w/o reservoir, w/o pulley
    CARDONE Reman Power Steering Pump 20290P1 ($47, $60, $107) w/o reservoir, w/ pulley
    MOTORCRAFT Reman Power Steering Pump STP71RM ($143, $75, $218) ?? reservoir, ?? pulley

    I tend to use the Motocraft parts when I do the work myself, but at more than triple the price I am not sure it is worth it. Can anyone recommend a pump that they know from experience to be a quality part? I would like a part with the pulley attached so I don't have to unpress/press the old one. I would also like one with a new reservoir already attached, but I don't see any of those, or a new reservoir sold separately.

    Is there anything else I will need, such as hoses, clamps, etc?
    Do I replace the little heater core radiator?
    What is the best replacement power steering fluid to use?

    I have looked at this video,

    How to Replace a Power Steering Pump Ford Explorer 2002-2005 V8 4.6L

    Are there any special tools I will need (if I am not removing the old pulley).

    I am hoping that when I get in there with the tire removed I will be able to get a better look at the rack to see if it needs to be replaced. I am not sure that replacing the rack is something I can do in my driveway (without a lift).

    Can anyone comment on this?

    LMHmedchem
     
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  3. Joe in NY

    Joe in NY Active Member

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    A1Cardone is a good reman parts source. Get with the pulley on! It's a pain in the butt that isn't worth time or hassle. The cars have remote reservoirs so that actually makes dealing with the pump easier.
     
  4. Donystoy

    Donystoy Elite Explorer

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    You apparently have had better luck with Cardone than I have. Even had a pump DOA. I only use them now if the only option. My local supplier last time ordered more than one pump and tested them in house before selling me the one that worked.
     

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