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How to Change the Power Steering Pump on a Toyota Tacoma

by Robert Good; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • 24 oz. cup

  • New power-steering pump

Changing the power-steering pump in a Toyota Tacoma will not take much time if done correctly. Toyota Motor Company has a selection of power-steering pumps to choose from and if the company doesn't have the one you are looking for, then most auto parts websites will. If your power-steering pump goes out, it will be difficult to steer your Tacoma.

Open the Toyota Tacoma's hood and locate the power-steering pump on the driver's side in the engine compartment.

Loosen the nuts that connect the in and out lines to the power-steering pump with the wrench. Place the 24 oz. cup under the pump. Pull the lines out of the pump and let the pump drain into the cup.

Loosen the nut that is securing the belt to the pulley. Remove the belt from the pump. With a wrench, remove the nuts that secure the pump to the Tacoma's engine wall.

Pull the power-steering pump out of the engine compartment. Insert the new pump in its place and replace the securing nuts that hold the pump in place on engine wall. Reconnect the belt to the pulley. Tighten the nut on the pulley. Connect the in and out lines to the corresponding holes on the pump.

Fill the new pump with the recommended fluid and amount. That information is found in the Tacoma's owner's manual. Turn the steering wheel to the left and right to get the fluid running through the lines.


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Failure to properly install the power-steering pump on your Toyota Tacoma can cause damage to you truck.

About the Author

Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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