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PostSubject: PS bypass ideas?   Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:56 pm

So I just finished two frustrating weeks on my wife's L99 with the fuel pump situation, and now it sprung a leak on one of the PS lines a couple inches from the steering box. I think the car is pissed because we decided to replace it! It's been trouble free for over 15 years until we decided that (Replacing due to mucho rot underneath). The FSM says simply "remove hose from pump" but I don't see how you're supposed to do that without removing other stuff.
Depending on the registration cost diff between a new reg on the new one and keeping the current reg on the L99 until it runs out in July, or transferring this to the new one and saying goodbye to the L99 right away, I would like to keep it registered and run it till July, but I don't want to put a whole lot of time and/or $$ into it at this point, and Kim doesn't want to put ANY money into it.
Back in the day I would have just taken off the PS belt and ran it but no can do with these.
I can't think of any other options other than:
-keep puttin the oil to it (probably have to add some every day or two)
-replace the line(s)
Any other ideas?
I assume running it dry would create excessive heat and burn up bearings and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: PS bypass ideas?   Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:20 pm

Yes, that line is a PIA.....not so much after your remove the altenator....
If your lucky it breaks free of the pump easily...if not there's cursing involved.
The steering box side usually requires cutting it off THEN breaking the fitting and thats ALWAYS a bitch.
And of course THAT was the more expensive of the 2 lines.
Dont run it dry, it'd be just like removing the belt...also very messy


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PostSubject: Re: PS bypass ideas?   Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:59 pm

I got to the point where I realized it is in fact possible to bypass the PS pump, but it's just as much work as replacing the lines. You need an underdrive pulley about an inch smaller than the stock crankshaft pulley, you need to remove the PS pump, and you need to figure a way to pivot the alternator to keep the belt tight because the belt will go on the "wrong" side of the tensioner.

I decided to just fix the lines. Then Kim can drive it again and I can get my wagon back! Very Happy I'm gonna get in trouble driving the 9C1....
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PostSubject: Re: PS bypass ideas?   Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:19 pm

Rob, the job is fairly easy. takes about an hour or so. Not as bad if you understand that pulling the inner fender will make it easy on either side, but not necessary. You can cut the old line off, and put a socket on the nut. That will get it out of the box, then going through the wheel well will give you a better angle to install the new one than under the hood. Autozone can get Dorman replacements. I have done them a couple times and found a system that works great if replacing both lines.

The duralast lines are made by dorman.

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