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Old 04-04-2012, 06:45 PM
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honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

i got a 00 lude and my power steering pump seems to be leaking the fluid, at a slow rate, but its slowly getting onto the alternator. my mechanic said to save time and just replace the whole PS pump, but what if the actual part isnt actually defective and simply needs new seals? the steering on the ride is fine itself and i dont hear any noticable noises like other honda owners do so my guess is just the bad seals. i could use some advice from you guys since you probably know more about ludes than me. lol
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

We usually replace the seals if it is on a fairly new car, if it has upwards of 200k or more then I might be a little more inclined to replace the pump if I have a used good one that has 50k or less miles. or if the customer says they want a new one. But it kind of also depends on which seals are leaking, is it the one on the back of the pump or the front pulley seal or one of the orings on the hose's?
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

it looks like it is coming from the bottom back of the pump, near close to the alternator, which is why some residue is left on it. its not like it is a heavy leak, it seems like it took quite some time for the leak to show.
my lude has 156k miles by the way. wouldnt there be any certain signs of a bad pump? i dont seem to notice any serious signs of a bad pump so thats why its hard for me to decide whether to buy another pump or just get new seals.
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

oh and one more thing, the leak is rather dusty, kinda of like a buildup. no liquid appearance at all
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

yhea I would just reseal it if there is no liquid, and its not making any unusual noise probably would if there was only a small leak as well unless i opened it up and found major damage
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

I'll probably just get new seals then.
Do you think it will be a difficult job to tackle oneself?
Because its easily accessible so I thought I might give it a try, I want to make sure first though
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

nah its not bad really just watch as you pull the pump apart to make sure you see everything. There should be 5 orings, 2 inside, 2 hose orings and 1 back plate oring. I havent every changed the front seal on one. If I get time today I can pull a h23a p/s apart and send you pics of it
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Re: honda prelude PS pump: new seals or new pump?

Alright ill keep that in mind.
And yea that would be great ! Thanks
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