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Old 06-25-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Is it ok to drive the car with a bad ps pump?

The car is gushing out power steering fluid all over the engine from the reservoir but I need to drive the car to the mechanic. Is it ok for me to drive like that, will it cause any other problems? Should I just have it towed?
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Just tow it. Fluid getting over the engine bay can cause problems, especially with any electronics.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Running a hyrdolic system with no hydrolic fluid generally = bad. I would have the car towed if you don't want to increase the damage that you already have.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:06 PM   #4
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you could always disconnect the pump and whatnot and drive without power steering. Someone correct me please if I'm wrong about disconnecting the pump. Maybe pull the power steering fuse? Look into it.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:11 PM   #5
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you could always disconnect the pump and whatnot and drive without power steering. Someone correct me please if I'm wrong about disconnecting the pump. Maybe pull the power steering fuse? Look into it.

power steering is run off of a belt...

to the OP, i would not recommend driving it like that as you could damage the rack depending on how much is "gushing" out and how far you have to drive
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:52 PM   #6
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power steering is run off of a belt...

to the OP, i would not recommend driving it like that as you could damage the rack depending on how much is "gushing" out and how far you have to drive
Good point, didn't think about that haha. But I know you can drive without power steering, so it'd just be a matter of how to 'disable' it I suppose.
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