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2001 dodge ram 2500: cummins..hard brakes and no power steering

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I have a 2001 dodge ram 2500 with a cummins motor. hard brakes and no power steering. pump is full and milky, but no pressure?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.


It sounds like the power steering pump might have gone bad. You would want to do a pressure check on it to be sure. When there is not a p/s pressure tester available, what you might be able to do is, have someone turn the steering wheel all the way to one side, (for about 3 seconds only) and see if the pressure hoses bounces. If not the pump is usually bad. When the pressure is fairly normal, the pressure hose will bounce each time the wheel is turned to the ends.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

do you have a procedure chart to help me do it myself, or how much at a shop??

Expert:  Jerry replied 7 years ago.

They are showing to be available after market for about $60 and the labor is about 2 hours or so. /partsProduct.jsp?displayName=Power+Steering+Pump&itemId=160-0&navValue=14600160&parentId=46-0&productId=260933&fromString=search&itemIdentifier=260933_0_2558_&filterByKeyWord=powersteeringpump&categoryNValue=14699999&isSearchByPartNumber=false&categoryDisplayName=Suspension&store=1002&skuDescription=Atsco/PowerSteeringPump&fromWhere=&searchText=powersteeringpump&_requestid=79705



PartOEM PartPrice
Power Steering Pump
Independent Suspension
P/S Pump4883960AA$539.00Notes
Power Steering Pump
Independent SuspensionB1.42.0Notes



Here is a procedure to replace the pump




  1. Remove and cap steering pump hoses and vacuum pump vacuum line.






  • Remove the sender unit from engine block and plug hole in block.
  • Remove the serpentine belt.







  • Remove and cap the oil feed line from the bottom of the vacuum pump.
  • Remove the lower bolt that attaches the vacuum/steering pump assembly to the engine block. Remove the nut from the steering pump attaching bracket.






    1. Remove upper bolt from the pump assembly and remove the assembly.
    2. Remove the mounting gasket.







  • Remove the steering pump to vacuum pump bracket attaching nuts.






    1. Slide the steering pump from the bracket. Use care not to damage the internal oil seal in the vacuum pump.
    2. Remove the two pump body spacers.


    1. Install the two pump body spacers.
    2. Rotate the drive gear until the steering pump and vacuum pump drive dogs align. Install the steering pump onto the vacuum pump bracket. Use care to avoid damaging the oil seal in the vacuum pump during installation. The steering pump housing and spacers must mate completely with the vacuum pump bracket.
    3. Install the vacuum pump bracket to steering pump nuts and tighten to 24 Nm (18 ft. lbs.).
    4. Position new gasket on vacuum pump assembly. Use sealer if necessary to retain the gasket.
    5. Align and install the pump assembly on the engine. Ensure the steering pump stud is inserted into the block bracket. Tighten the pump- to-engine block attaching bolts to 77 Nm (57 ft. lbs.).
    6. Install the steering pump to attaching bracket nut and tighten to 24 Nm (18 ft. lbs.)
    7. Remove plug and install the oil pressure sending unit and electrical connector.
    8. Install the oil feed line to the vacuum pump. Tighten the oil line connection to 7 Nm (60 inch lbs./ 5 ft. lbs.).
    9. Install the fluid hoses to the power steering pump. Tighten the pressure fitting at the pump to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.).
    10. Install and clamp the hose on the vacuum pump.
    11. Install the serpentine belt.
    12. Fill the reservoir with power steering fluid and perform Power Steering Pump Initial Operation. See: Initial Operation
    13. Start the engine and check the operation of the brakes.


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