Updated at: 12-08-2022 - By: Lucas

Allows you to spin your steering wheel with ease and improved control over your car. The pump’s pulley is powered by the engine’s serpentine belt, which transfers power to the pump’s drive. A worn out pulley means that the power steering pump will no longer be able to revolve, resulting in a loss of control.

You’ll need to remove the pump’s pulley and install a new one to remedy this issue. There are a few things to keep in mind as you go through this guide on how to replace the power steering pump pulley.

Can You Remove the Power Steering Pump Pulley Without a Puller?

Remove Power Steering Pump Pulley Without Puller

Although technically possible, it is not recommended that you attempt it.

Even when the engine is idling, it still generates a significant amount of force. Imagine how tight the pulley must be attached to the power steering pump to keep up with the belt. If there is even a tiny bit of slack, the pulley’s rotational speed and vibrations would demolish the entire system.

Any attempt to remove the pulley without the proper tool can cause damage to both the pump and the pulley and end up costing more money than the tool. For those that insist on doing so manually, here’s how you can accomplish it:

  • With the pump taken off the vehicle, place it in a vice and use a piece of metal pipe and a hammer to tap the wedge between the pulley and the pump.
  • Heat the center of the pulley with the blowtorch and pull it off.
  • Use a hammer to hit it from the back and dislodge it.

Using any of these ways is extremely risky, and I can’t stress this enough. Here I’ll show you how to remove the pulley with the help of a $20 puller, which will make the job a lot easier.

How to Remove Power Steering Pump Pulley With a Puller

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In order to remove the pulley, you’ll need a bit of room in front of the steering pump. Check to see if the steering pump can be left on the engine or if you need to remove it depending on the arrangement. You’ll also need a puller and an installer tool set in addition to some basic tools and a power screwdriver.

  • Take the threaded bolt (top left of the box) and connect it with the small lug below it. Take the two halves of the rin and the threaded nut (bottom left of the box).
  • With the nut attached to the bolt, you want to thread it into the pulley so that the two halves of the ring can grip on both the pulley and the nut. This will connect the two and allow you to take the pulley off.  Slide the ring cover over the top to keep everything in place.
  • Take a wrench of appropriate size (it should be a 13/16″ wrench) and use it to hold the nut and prevent it from spinning.
  • The back of the bolt has been shaped to accept a socket. You can use a manual socket wrench or an electric power wrench to unscrew the pulley by pulling it off the power steering pump.

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You may be able to remove the pulley inside the engine compartment with a ratcheting wrench because an electric power wrench requires more space to operate. The procedure should only take a few minutes, minus the time it takes to remove the power steering pump, if necessary.

How to Attach Power Steering Pump Pulley With a Puller

When putting the pulley back on, it’s a little more difficult, but I’m confident that you can accomplish it.

  • Find the threaded bolt of the right size (top left of the box) that can thread into the steering pump hole.
  • After threading it in for a few turns, attach the thicker disassembly bolt to it.
  • Slot the pulley over the bolt as far as it can go, making sure it faces the correct direction.
  • Place the bigger washer first, followed by the smaller one, then thread the nut all the way forward.
  • Use a wrench to manually rotate the nut, while applying some pressure on the pulley to keep it from moving out of place. You’re now doing the step from the disassembly in reverse, so you’ll need to hold the bolt down using a socket wrench.
  • Work the nut patiently and check the gap to see how much progress you’ve made. If you end up hitting the end of the thread, remove the bolts, and attach just the one used for disassembly. Slide the washers back on, followed by the nut, then continue with the wrench.
  • Check the alignment of the pulley, and if it’s in the right spot, you can remove the puller tools and reattach the serpentine belt.

I recommend watching the video guide in the disassembly portion to have a better idea of what you’re supposed to be doing.

FAQs

How do you use a Gearwrench power steering pulley puller?

The method described in this guide can also be used using the Gearwrench pulley puller and installer set. Even though it’s a more expensive option for mechanics, it’s a terrific option if you’re looking to add another high-quality item to your garage.

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How much is a power steering pulley puller?

Between $20 and $60, depending on the manufacturer, you can buy a puller. It’s a terrific way to save money because labor costs more than the instrument itself, so long as you’re willing to do the work.

What does a bad power steering pulley sound like?

A rattling sound will be heard if the power steering pump pulley is loose. Your power steering could possibly go out because the pump has lost its ability to push hydraulic fluid. To see if the serpentine belt is loose, you can press on it.

Should the power steering pulley spin freely?

The power steering pulley should spin freely, just like the rest of the driven pullies. When the serpentine belt is removed, there may be some resistance, but it will not prevent you from manually spinning it.

What spins the power steering pump?

The crankshaft pulley rotates the serpentine belt system, which includes the power steering pump. The alternator, air conditioning compressor, water pump, radiator fan, and even the supercharger are all powered by the belt as it moves.

How much does a power steering pulley cost?

According to the engine, pulleys might cost anything from $15 to $160. To save money, you might replace the item yourself rather than pay $150 to $250 in labor costs.

Summary

You should never attempt to remove the power steering pump pulley without the proper tools. You can replace the pulley yourself for just a few dollars with the right tool. Let us know if this post was helpful to you, and be sure to check out the rest of our website for more great auto advice!