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QUESTION: I have replaced my power stearing 6 times now. For some reason my belt keeps comin half way off an messing up tha pulley on tha pump.  I hv changed the tention pulley an it did good for a week an went bk out lastnite. It doesnt hv power stearing anyway I can pore fluid in t an it will b gone by tha time I get wr I need to go. Its leaking from the gear box were rod goes in. The gasket is leaking. But my question is wats making it keep doing that.  Can I just bypass tha power stearing with another size belt?

ANSWER: Hi Cody,
If you are loosing fluid from the steering gear box itself then that has to be replaced. The pump is being damaged because it runs out of fluid. If you want to replace it yourself tell me the year and model and I may be able to send you the pages that describe how to do that.

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QUESTION: I hv had this truck for 8 months now. An the first 5 months it has been fine with no power stearing an I decided to fix it with another pump an thts when the trouble started is not messing up the pump its the pulley itself. The shaft the pulley goes the baring inside tha pump tht turns the pully. The pulley get cocked sideways an rubs the bracket. So thr for it breaks my belt. Anyway im tryn to say its not because of the no fluid in it. Is something else tht is putin tention on the belt to make tha pulley on pump turn sideways an break. I think im goin to bypass it with a shorter belt cause I cant afford to fix all tht right now.

OK, but if the steering gear loose fluid fast, then that cause the pump to run dry and fail as you described. When you put on a new pump did you notice whether fluid was coming out of the steering gear soon after that? If so, then I think the problem is the steering gear is draining the fluid which then damages the pump because it won't run without fluid circulating through it.  

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