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2000 Dodge Dakota: replacing..a power steering pump..shaft

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What steps do I need to do for replacing a power steering pump on a 2000 Dodge Dakota 4.7 engine with a 17mm shaft?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.



  1. Remove the serpentine drive belt, refer to Group 7 Cooling.
  2. Remove return hose from the pump reservoir and drain the pump.
  3. Remove power steering pressure switch connector and remove pressure line from the bottom of the pump.
  4. Remove the oil cooler mounting bolt from the pump bracket if equipped.
  5. Remove 3 pump mounting bolts through pulley access holes.
  6. Remove the pump from the left cylinder head.


  1. Align the pump with the mounting holes in the left cylinder head.
  2. Install 3 pump mounting bolts through the pulley access holes. Tighten the bolts to 28 N·m (21 ft. lbs.)
  3. Install the oil cooler to the pump bracket if equipped. Install the oil cooler mounting bolt.
  4. Install the pressure line and return hose to the pump. Tighten the pressure line to 35 N·m (25 ft. lbs.)
  5. Install power steering pressure switch connector.
  6. Install the serpentine drive belt, refer to Group 7 Cooling.
  7. Fill the power steering pump and perform Power Steering Pump Initial Operation



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I have done this and started the engine. The steering fluid bubbles up like air is in it. When I put the cap on the reservoir, the fluid spits out at the bottom right side of the reservoir tank. It is not a steady stream, but does drip. I also noticed a rubber hose under the center of the truck of the truck which is connected to a plate in front of the differential and runs toward the front bumper which looks disconnected. Does this go to the power steering too?
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.
No that hose that goes to the front differential is just a bent
hose for the differential. The procedure after pump replacement
is to turn the steering wheel lock to lock 5 to 6 times to purge the air
from the system.
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