How to Remove the Power Steering Pump on a 2005 Monte Carloby Russell Wood
The power steering pump mounted to the engine on a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo uses hydraulic power to assist you when you turn the steering wheel. This makes steering the car fairly effortless, and therefore more convenient to drive. When the pump goes out, the steering wheel requires substantially more effort to turn, which can become a problem if you don't have the arm strength to do it. Fixing the problem requires replacing the pump with a new one. First you need to remove the defective unit.
Pop the Monte Carlo's hood. Disconnect the coolant recovery reservoir from the vehicle using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, and set it to the side. Locate the tensioner on the serpentine belt of the engine. Attach a socket to the 3/8-inch breaker bar and turn the tensioner to allow the belt to go slack. Pull the belt off the power steering pump pulley with your hands.
Put a drain pan on the ground underneath the power steering pump. Disconnect the hoses running to the back of the pump using a line wrench, then point the lines toward the pan to allow the hoses to empty into the pan.
Disconnect the ignition control wiring harness, which is located next to the power steering pump. Unbolt the power steering pump from the engine block using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lift the pump away from the engine bay.
Things You'll Need
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
- 3/8-inch breaker bar
- Line wrench set
- Drain pan
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.