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Old 17 March 2019, 02:55 PM
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Okay, so I have a totally dead power steering pump on my '03 WRX. I bought a used one from PolePosition that doesn't really work much better so I think that rather than keep trying used ones from breakers that are on their way out I may just bite the bullet and buy a new one. I've rebuilt my original but while again better than the used one I got, it's not perfect and I suspect is probably just worn inside.

So the question; before I stump up £500, has anyone tried these pumps from HK?: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Power-Ste...QAAOSwy9pci1ME
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Old 19 March 2019, 02:29 PM
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Are you sure it's not your belt which is the issue? I don't think it's that common for these pumps to fail, the main problem with them was always that they'd leak at the bottom seal. What's the mileage of the car?
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Old 19 March 2019, 02:51 PM
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Are you sure it's not your belt which is the issue? I don't think it's that common for these pumps to fail, the main problem with them was always that they'd leak at the bottom seal. What's the mileage of the car?
Itís definitely the pump, itís got all new belts on there and thereís no sign or sound of slippage or at least there isnít now itís got new belts.

The original was a complete failure, although it had been giving symptoms of hard/soft steering for a time. Once rebuilt it was better but seemed to need revs to create pressure which led me to suspect itís worn inside. The used replacement was better but it was still making sucking noises despite proper bleeding. I may try rebuilding this one as I have enough spare seals but as Iím planning to keep the car for the long term Iím happy to spend the right money on it if needs be, but obviously if I can avoid paying out £500 then I will! The top low pressure o-ring also didnít fix the issue, another Ďknowní common point to go.

Its currently 16 years old and on c100k miles. From what Iíve heard these pumps are definitely beginning to fail more often, either through age or higher miles, or a combination of both. Thatís from several guys I know in the states as well as Impo Car Parts who were saying theyíve been selling a lot more rebuild kits recently where Subaru offer them (they donít for 03+)
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Old 20 March 2019, 01:06 PM
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Have you looked at Rockauto.com ? :: they are US based, but might be worth a look

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Subaru-Im...4AAOSw86JabyWO ????

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https://www.eurocarparts.com/power-steering-pump

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Old 11 April 2019, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by albob View Post
Have you looked at Rockauto.com ? :: they are US based, but might be worth a look

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Subaru-Im...4AAOSw86JabyWO ????

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https://www.eurocarparts.com/power-steering-pump
Thanks, although I was more looking for recommendations on which ones are decent; I found all of those others myself too. The ebay one in particular I decided to take a punt on for the sake of £90 on the basis that if it's crap it has a two year warranty and I can easily bin it if it isn't any good. Unfortunately, it was the wrong one they sent - Bugeye only. So if anyone's considering buying one from there then bear this in mind as all the pumps they list are exactly the same; side mounted high pressure outlet. This is despite different part numbers and the photos showing the correct part.
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I only buy used parts from MattyB on here, might be worth another try at used then if that doesn't solve it then that might not be the problem
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Old 11 April 2019, 10:01 PM
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prob a stupid question but steering was very hard work on mine unless revs where high, turned out to be the steering rack uj knackered next to the turbo
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Old 12 April 2019, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by madscoob View Post
prob a stupid question but steering was very hard work on mine unless revs where high, turned out to be the steering rack uj knackered next to the turbo
Just been looking at this on mine, gave the UJ a good clean with a load of penetrating oil and then re-greased it last weekend, need to get it out of the garage later and give it a try to see if it's fixed it, not sure about the newage but on the classic the UJ sits right under the turbo and next to the downpipe, which if you have a de-cat has no heat shields on it.
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