power steering pump problem

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by L0sts0ul, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. L0sts0ul

    L0sts0ul Rockstar 100 Posts

    HEy guys,

    one of the two lines on my power steering pump is leaking everytime I turn the wheel at all.

    I am pretty sure its the return line as it only seems to leak when I turn the wheel.

    any suggestions for rigging this so I can still drive until I get the part on mon/tues/wed? or do I have to keep filling up the damn thing till its fixed?

    btw, it is the steel line, not the rubber braided one.

    its also a 93, 350, 4x4

  2. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Since this is a low pressure line you can wrap the line in either electrical tape, or duct tape. Spiral wrap the hose about three inches in either direction of the leak, and make sure you overlap each revolution. It may still leak a little, but it will be like an ooze, and probably hardly noticeable. This should get you through just fine until you can get the part.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Sounds more like the supply line which is pressurized when the engine is running, and especially when your turning the steering wheel. There is no good temp fix for a blown/leaking pressure line other than sealing off the system and using armstrong steering. The best choice is to park the truck until you can get it repaired. If your convinced you have to drive be very careful, keeping the system filled all the time is the least of your worries (although the results are the same with a broken hose or no fluid), I'd be more worried about loosing power steering at a critical moment.
  4. L0sts0ul

    L0sts0ul Rockstar 100 Posts

    I was thinking about getting a shorter belt to bypass the power steering until I could get it fixed early in the week... what do you think? now I guess the next big question would be what size belt would I need? ROFL

    im such an idiot lol
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    If you need the belt size use a piece of string to measure the new belt routing and take the string to the auto parts store for the closest one (dental floss will work if you dont have string).
  6. Cableguy

    Cableguy Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I would say Park it until repairs can be done. Not Gerry rigging. Complete failure of power steer is near impossible to steer. It doesn't feel like standard steering, you'll barely be able to move wheel...especially at low speed.
    Park it!

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