How do I replace the Power Steering Pump on my Mazda Protege5 2003

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Old 11-12-08, 12:53 PM
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Question How do I replace the Power Steering Pump on my Mazda Protege5 2003

Hi there, I have never worked on my or any vehicle before however I must replace the power steering pump, estimated cost is $710.00. I am not a rich person and it would be extremely painful for me to pay that amount to anyone to repair my vehicle. I am mechanically inclined naturally; it is an intuitive characteristic. I fix everything and usually do not have to pay for repair services.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most difficult) how would this sort of task rate?

Any advise would be quite welcome

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Old 11-12-08, 01:01 PM
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Generally speaking power steering pumps are not all that difficult, although for some you have to use a puller to remove the drive pulley in order to access the pump mount bolts. The only other difficulty factor is where the pump is physically mounted in relation to how it comes out of the vehicle, i.e. whether or not it needs to be in the air on a lift to get it out the bottom or whether or not any other parts have to be removed for access such as the alternator or ac compressor.

Here's the procedure:

http://www.autozone.com/addVehicleId...00c1528019fc4b

The pump is $141.99 without reservoir (you swap the reservoir over from the old unit after cleaning), so for $710 you'd be looking at about $550 in labor. Was that estimate a dealer or independant garage?
 
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Old 11-12-08, 02:36 PM
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Thank you for responding so quickly.

what is a puller, is it something I can purchase or rent? I have to take a look at where the power steering pump is this evening when I pick the vehicle up from the Mazda dealer. I think the pump is located on the left passenger side towards the rear.

The dealer said that the part cost $315, $180 for labor, $34.70 to replace the belt and the remaining balance for flushing & cleaning out the system.

Here's the procedure:

http://www.autozone.com/addVehicleId...00c1528019fc4b

The pump is $141.99 without reservoir (you swap the reservoir over from the old unit after cleaning), so for $710 you'd be looking at about $550 in labor. Was that estimate a dealer or independant garage?
 
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