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Power steering pump failure?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by quattro1, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. quattro1

    quattro1 Member

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    Hey guys

    Just pulled into my road and as i turned into my space my steering went mega heavy and smoke came through the blower vents with a buning smell! Had a quick look and the aux belt is still intact so im guessing its the pump, is it a driveway job or am i best off putting it in a garage?

    Cheers in advance :bye:
     
  2. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid
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    Its possibly the metal pipe that has gone, very open to the elements esp the bad winter we have had
     
  3. quattro1

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    Which pipe is that mate? Down behind the passanger wheel?

    Cheers :w00t:
     
  4. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid
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    yes it goes down there then across the engine by the rad and back again, the other one is on the rack itself,
    if it is leaking by the passenger wheel it connects there to some rubber pipes
     
  5. fran-s3

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    could be worse mine did this without the smoke... booked into a VAG specialist and it turns out it's my steering rack that's leaking power steering fluid... 4 hours labour plus a new rack! :( Gutted. Hoping my pump will be ok despite screeching like heck when it ran dry. :(
     
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    Ive just fitted a new pump on mine, but this was due to fun in the snow lol
     
  7. Welly

    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Not normally a pipe if there is smoke being produced. I know, I've cracked numerous PAS High pressure lines.

    Check the PAS reservoir for the fluid level to see if it's empty. If it is, fill with fluid and check for leaks.

    If no leaks, pump is likely.
     
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Should be OK - mine has seen this a few times. It's not at it's best I admit now, but it has run dry 3 times...

    A bit noisy, but still works.
     
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    Yeah i was thinking it could have pissed all over the exhaust if it happened while he was driving
     
  10. quattro1

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    exactly the pipe you said it was dave, what a bitch that is to get off! £40 for a new one and im back up and running but i think my pump has seen better days, its making a little squeeky noise on idle now, guessing from being run dry for a minute or two :crying: stupid pipe, cheers for the help again mate
     
  11. s3dave

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    No worries glad your sorted, they are a bit fiddly to get on and off £40, wasnt too bad....
     
  12. sportstractor

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    The pumps are quite hardy. Mine ran for a while with low fluid because my cooler pipe also broke. Just make sure you keep checking the level as it will drop while air escapes. Also make sure you use correct fluid, apparently standard stuff is no good.
     
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    What's the best fluid to use?
     
  14. s3dave

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    Audi VW hydraulic CHF 202 ,
     

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