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Old 03-30-2021, 09:53 PM #1
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powersteering pump failing after trail ride

So against my better judgement, I went to a trail ride event on Saturday. It had been raining quite a bit, but the sun was out and I was hoping itd dry up.

No dice. My 4r got beaten up really bad with pinstriping but thats a different issue.

I did have to go through several pretty deep mud holes. The 4r drove home fine no issue. Starting it up the next day and the steering wheel was jerky. I got this video of turning the wheel side to side and you can hear the power steering pump clicking.

Now, my whole engine bay was covered in a coating of mud. Are there any components that I can try to particularly clean out or electrical adapters/ plugs that I should pay attention to and see if it cleaning out repairs the issue or does my PS pump just need to be replaced whether the mud was causative or not?

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All the answers are pretty basic;

Hose the mud out.

Check the reservoir, is it empty/low refill.
Check the hoses for leaks that led to a empty/low reservoir [my bet]
Check for puncture/leak at radiator
Replace/refill as needed

Fix before driving much, to avoid damaging the rack or pump.
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Yea probably should have mentioned - no leaks, reservoir full of fluid and no indication of any loss
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Any chance the belt is slogged with mud and now slips too much?
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I think you may be right bc my AC is also malfunctioning and the belt would tie both of these together
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