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97 town and country p/s pump replacement
10-19-2014, 02:04 AM
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97 town and country p/s pump replacement
just wondering what is the best plan of attach through the wheel well, from the bottom,or the top by taking the plenum off and the alt.

replaced the ALT. two weeks ago two days later rained belt came off shop said it was the tensioner pulley replaced that. has been fine since today the belt came off again was sprinkling but had rained prior since the ten. pulley had been replaced i am feeling like it is the P/S pump i leaks like swiss cheese go through about 1 or 2 quarts a month. not the rack it is dry frame under the pump and under the van is always wet only other possibility and idler pulley is solid no wobble or signs of wear.

or do i just us the old stick of TNT in the gas tank lol Big GrinBig Grin

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10-19-2014, 11:21 AM (This post was last modified: 10-19-2014 11:27 AM by Rupe.)
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
That pump is a hump to change no matter how you go into it but at that age my '96 started pissing from the low pressure return line, which had rusted through. I cut the rusty section out, near where it clamps to the sub frame, then formed a new piece with some 3/8" (?) brake line and spliced it in with fuel hose plus a few clamps. The pressure line also looked like it was not long for this world so got another while in there. You can do both of them from the underside without too much effort. Took me an hour and change working at "weekend speed" with a beer handy. Parts were about $35 wholesale 2 years ago. (plus fluid) Hopefully your pump is not damaged and repairing the lines is all you need to do.

BTW, while the belt is off spin the pump by hand and feel for any hard spots, which would be a sign if internal damage. If that seems ok then go for the hoses. They are cheap and easy... and probably need replacement anyway. If the pump has to be changed I would say pulling the plenum and cowl (w/wiper area) is the way to go. If you have that off you might as well replace the rear spark plugs and the pipes for the rear heater. (if it's looking rusty) That pipe manifold is now available in the aftermarket for about half of what the dealer charges. (Dorman Products I believe)

Let us know how you make out.
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10-19-2014, 02:12 PM
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
ok i had the plenum off summer of 13 the rear heat line manifold blew a leak and just bypassed it and remembered having all kinds of room and did the plugs then, after that the shop i go to for the hard stuff said the pump looked like Swiss cheese. and with having the AlT.changed then a week later the tensioner pulley oh and a new belt cant think of anything else that would cause the belt to come off. but knowing that the hoses are at the frame like that i may as well change those too, while i am there i do not want to revisit this job and shop told me 300 plus for the pump and then knowing i can get the pump for 50 +/- i can take time to do it myself van is getting to expensive to take to the shop only need one more year then buying a newer ride

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10-19-2014, 08:53 PM
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
I forgot you are in the snow belt, same as me, so if the PS pump is rusty then so is the steel portion of that return line. What you should do is pull the old unit and the lines, then you will see what you need for the pipe I'm talking about. The parts store will sell you a special extra thick piece of hose but it's usually not the hose that's gone bad, nor will it be long enough to do what I am talking about. You'll see what I mean when you have the parts on the bench. Just get some steel brake line and bend it to fit then splice it with some good fuel line and a few clamps. There's no real pressure to worry about here. The reason to use steel is it's close to the exhaust (heat) and then you can secure it in the stock location, which you can't really do well if you use all hose.
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11-05-2014, 08:42 PM
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
How are you making out here... or did you do the "quick fix" with dynamite? Wink
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12-14-2014, 03:20 PM
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
no didn't get to it yet going to wait a few more weeks till i can get it inside just have to wait but did find that the lower ALT. bolt was missing a nut and it did not look like the shop put it on when they changed the alt. starting to think i should do all of my work atleast i will know it is done right lol.

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12-14-2014, 04:55 PM (This post was last modified: 12-14-2014 04:59 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 97 town and country p/s pump replacement
Glad you noticed the problem with the alt bolt as the unit being cocked will cause the belt to jump off, so at least you seem to have that mystery solved. Back to your PS pump... if it's dry on the bottom then just do the hoses and see how that works out. Heck, it may only need the return line and you can be done for under $20!

Edited to add: when you have the belt off lay it on the bench sideways (edge up) and see if it sits flat. If it wont lay flat then the internal cord is bad and you will need to replace it. If it has any damage on the edges it will also fail soon.
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