Power steering pump custom mount

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  1. Nick Davis

    Nick Davis New Member

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    02 3.7 4WD Limited - So I hear a noise as I'm about to park. Upon inspection I notice the power steering pump is about to fall off and the cap is gone. Then upon further inspection I realize only one of the PS pump bolts really even line up from the pump to the engine(The upper left corner one) the other 2 are just a little bit off. So whoever put this pump on improvised. They made a homemade mount that goes from the bottom left bolt to the water pump bolt, and the top right bolt(under the reservoir) is off just a smidgen to the right so they made another mount, but they drilled the hole to far to the left... So that one appeared to be screwed in at a very slight angle, even though it would obviously strip at some point being crooked. I came to realized it was only in a few threads, almost for show. Now because the bottom water pump bolt is out further the pump is being pushed out at a slight angle, it's small enough that it has worked for the year and a half I've owned the Vehicle. Now the upper left bolt that does go in cannot get the water pump flush with the engine because of the bolt under it pushing the pump out. To improvise they used 2 washers to cover the gap between the pump and the engine.

    So I make the Junkyard trip and pull a 05 3.7 Liberty PS pump. On this one I notice it has two bolt holes next to each other on the engine where the pump mounts, expect for the upper left where it lines up correctly on mine. It seems like it would make my current power steering pump line up as they are all right next to each other. Now because of this I wanted to figure this out before I buy anything. Are there Different PS pumps? I haven't seen any when searching. Obviously something has changed for mine to have 3 mount holes and the 2005 to have 5 with only 3 being used. I don't want to keep these hillbilly mounts as it seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

    I will post pictures when it's daylight.
     
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    Junkyard replacement adaptation?
     
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    ltd02 Well-Known Member KJ Supporting Member

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    02 through 06 should have the same pump. Not sure about 07s. I've had an 02 and have an 05. Just use the holes that line up when the cap points straight up. You'll probably need new bolts too. I seem to remember extra holes in the head behind the pump when I changed the pump on my 05.
     
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    Yes but my 02 Doesn't have the extra holes. And the holes it does have is not lining up with the pump thats why whoever replaced it beforehand made these hillbilly mounts. I got the 05 from the Junkyard and no dice there either.
     
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    ltd02 Well-Known Member KJ Supporting Member

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    So it sounds like the pump isn't the problem but what about the head? Seems unlikely but I'm wondering if someone swapped it with something that is a bit different. Not sure that is even possible. I looked at a couple part sites and see only one pump listed for 02-06.
     
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    So after pulling a pump from the junkyard and taking off the reservoir it fit. But the reservoir make it not fit. So I came across this on ebay https://tinyurl.com/yxt3a5ga. That piece coming out the pump would push the reservoir to a position where it would fit. None of the other 6 Kjs in the Junkyard had that part. But there also weren't any 2002s like mine. This must be it. Now maybe I can find that part separate. Right not I'm using a 1" heater hose that I have hose clamped over where the reservoir attaches and am using a metal tube from my Merkur to attach the hose to the reservoir.
     
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    ltd02 Well-Known Member KJ Supporting Member

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    I've never seen one with that metal tube. I used a Cardone from Rock Auto in my 05. It fit perfect but I had to swap the OE reservoir onto it. Hope it works out for you. If you can, post a pic of the pump with the reservoir attached. I'd be curious to see how that works.
     
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    I got mine from autozone. No issues at all.
    I wonder if you had a very very early 2002.
     
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    Ok so yes everything I mount any pump from Napa, Advance Auto or Pep Boys and Junkyard Pumps, the reservoir hits the metal part that the upper radiator hose attaches to(where the bleeder is). So I came up with this Solution(Link below). I've put 523 Miles on it and I know this isn't the best way. Until I can figure something else out it has to do. I tried mounting the reservoir up near the brake reservoir. It fit great but I don't think the pump could handle the extra distance. Both lines attaching to the cooler blew even after fixing them.

    https://tinyurl.com/y3zasdr6