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Old 06-25-2003, 02:06 AM   #1
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Exclamation '95 L Steering Pump Repair - Conversion to MY00 Pump Resevoir: Success!!!

I managed to do it! Took a bit of figuring out, but I got it all done (along with my spark plugs in the meantime):

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Basically I did discover that the leak was caused by the bad design of my 95 Power steering resevoir, where as you see in those pics, the "seam" is at the middle of the resevoir and over time the seam just got bad and started to leak. This is the 2nd time this is happened, and I had the whole assembly previously replaced a year and a half ago... So I figured it had to be a design issue.

Anyhow, I had to disasemble and uninstall the pump in order to figure out how it all went together. Turns out that the design of the pumps do differ quite a bit over the years, and aparently there have been 4 itterations of the resevoirs for imprezas at least (square box, my bad design, the one i swaped in which seemed to start in 98, and the 02 version with a plastic resevoir off to the side of the engine bay).

However, my version and the 98-01 design seemed simular in how they connected, so I went to the recycler yard in Rancho Cordova and fiddled around with one and had it dismantled to compair... Sure enough, it bolted right up! The design is actually better in a way, as it seals completely up to the body of the pump leaving less space and ways to leak than the one I had before does, even though it uses one less o-ring in the newer model.

I also ended up getting the $24 steering pump "rebuild" kit which has the new gasket and several o-rings. So I completely rebuilt the thing and cleaned it up nice so it should work even smoother now. I did run into a problem as the O-ring that sits under the connection with the resevoir was not in the kit and I had to get another one from Kragen (the dealer was out and I needed to finish this tonight).

When I reinstalled it, I had a slight issue with the new Resevoirs design as the one little pipe it has that connects to the fluid lines was at a different angle. No biggie, as the tube is flexable and I just had to tweak it a little to get it on.

Anyhow, im happy now, and no more power steering leak! (I hope)

If anyone else with an older L has this re-occuring problem and thinks they might need to do this, just let me know and I can give more details to help...
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Old 06-25-2003, 10:44 PM   #2
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Thank you, this is a great how-to. Can you tell if the old style reservoir comes apart the same way the new one does, and if yes, what kind of seal is used between the two halves?
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Old 06-25-2003, 11:00 PM   #3
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Great thread! I had the same problem. I actually switched mine over to the MY02 style with the remote resevoir. For that I had to change the lines from the pump to the rack, relocate the purge canister and make a mount for the P/S resevoir. Works great with no leaks. I did that because my 2.5 I swapped in had the newer style pump already and my old one was leaking so bad i didnt want to re-use it. Thats where part of the $200 that i said it took for my swap came from besides the engine.
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Old 06-26-2003, 03:14 AM   #4
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Thank you, this is a great how-to. Can you tell if the old style reservoir comes apart the same way the new one does, and if yes, what kind of seal is used between the two halves?
Naw, the old one doesnt come apart. Its somewhat sealed together permenantly, which is another problem with it... You would basically have to bend it to get it to come apart, which would destroy the seal anyway.

Hawk: So you spent $200 on the pump and $400 on the engine swap? Sheesh! This resevoir only cost me $30, and the rebuild kit with the 0-rings and gasket was $24... So it was a bit cheaper
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:23 AM   #5
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Negative, the engine i got was essentially brand new, it included the new style pump. all i had to buy was a 24 dollar resevoir and the legacy lines. these parts were included in the 200 dollars i said it cost me to do the swap, not including the engine. so it was alittle more than yours cause i had to buy lines too, but im the only L in town with a remote P/S resevoir LOL
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