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crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:29 PM
My power steering pump pulley on my 98 Malibu has lost the bolt that holds it on. The only thing keeping it in place is the motor mount which has it wedged. My question is can you wiggle the pulley out of that tight spot without removing the motor mount? I'd rather avoid removing the serpentine belt just to find out lol.

Thanks in advance.

Shogun
10-15-2010, 03:31 PM
Its a 98' Malibu, Torch it and start over.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 03:33 PM
WTF?

MOhillbilly
10-15-2010, 03:34 PM
you cant replace the bolt?

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:43 PM
you cant replace the bolt?

Sorry I described that wrong lmao I guess it still has the bolt but the pulley is wollered out around the bolt cause about a quarter inch in play.

MOhillbilly
10-15-2010, 03:45 PM
Sorry I described that wrong lmao I guess it still has the bolt but the pulley is wollered out around the bolt cause about a quarter inch in play.

is there enough clearance to get a tap in the old hole?

joemama
10-15-2010, 03:48 PM
The pulley does not have a bolt to hold it on. It is pressed on. You need a special tool to pull the pulley off and press it back on. Three bolts hold the pump to the accesory bracket which you can get at through the holes in the pulley. Assuming this is a malibu with a 3100 or 3400.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:49 PM
is there enough clearance to get a tap in the old hole?
I think you might be misunderstanding. The bolt is in tight the pulley is moving left and right across the bolt.

MOhillbilly
10-15-2010, 03:49 PM
I think you might be misunderstanding. The bolt is in tight the pulley is moving left and right across the bolt.

new car time then.:)

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:50 PM
The pulley does not have a bolt to hold it on. It is pressed on. You need a special tool to pull the pulley off and press it back on. Three bolts hold the pump to the accesory bracket which you can get at through the holes in the pulley. Assuming this is a malibu with a 3100 or 3400.

Weird so what would make the pulley have so much play in it???? yeah its a 3100

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:51 PM
Weird so what would make the pulley have so much play in it???? yeah its a 3100

Also whenever I turn on a tight radius the thing grinds like crazy and the steering wheel is so tight I can barely turn it.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:51 PM
new car time then.:)

lol

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 03:52 PM
Weird so what would make the pulley have so much play in it???? yeah its a 3100
The Chevy emblem on the front of it causes that. :D

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 03:58 PM
The Chevy emblem on the front of it causes that. :D

The sad thing is I traded my Acura in on it. I remember saying to myself my god man are you mad you're trading an integra for a Chevy Malibu but the Integra had like 200,000 on it and I needed a bigger car after my son was born.

joemama
10-15-2010, 04:01 PM
Could be that there is something wrong with the pulley. Could be that there is something wrong with the shaft that goes into the pump. I have seen both pumps and pulleys fail.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 04:02 PM
My best guess is that a bearing inside the pump is worn out and causing the free play. I'd make plans to replace the entire pump.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 04:04 PM
Could be that there is something wrong with the pulley. Could be that there is something wrong with the shaft that goes into the pump. I have seen both pumps and pulleys fail.

Yeah I'm hoping it's not the shaft going into the pump but the more I thing about it thats what its beginning to look like. Damn I might be better off just changing the whole freaking pump..

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 04:05 PM
My best guess is that a bearing inside the pump is worn out and causing the free play. I'd make plans to replace the entire pump.

Yeah that's what I am thinking Damn that sucks. Oh well I guess I'll just take it to the damn shop.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks for all of the help you guys.

joemama
10-15-2010, 04:06 PM
New pump or remanufactured pump will not come with a new pulley.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 04:09 PM
Yeah that's what I am thinking Damn that sucks. Oh well I guess I'll just take it to the damn shop.
Yeah, it does suck, and this is the type of crap that has ruined GM. A friggin' power steering pump should last the lifetime of a car.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 04:15 PM
Yeah, it does suck, and this is the type of crap that has ruined GM. A friggin' power steering pump should last the lifetime of a car.

Seriously.

crispystl420
10-15-2010, 04:16 PM
I had to replace the idler pulley on this car a couple of years ago and it was made out of plastic I shit you not. I will say though other than these two things it has been a pretty darn good car.

Marcellus
10-15-2010, 05:13 PM
Yeah, it does suck, and this is the type of crap that has ruined GM. A friggin' power steering pump should last the lifetime of a car.

GM is ruined huh? I don't see it.

UAW ruined all of the big 3 if you want to call them "ruined".

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 05:16 PM
GM is ruined huh? I don't see it.

UAW ruined all of the big 3 if you want to call them "ruined".
Oh, you must of missed where our gov't had to bail their asses out.

Marcellus
10-15-2010, 05:18 PM
Oh, you must of missed where our gov't had to bail their asses out.

See the second part of my quote. I understand there were mistakes made but they were held hostage by UAW for too long.

When you owe more money to retired workers than you do active workers it's hard to make a profit.

Bwana
10-15-2010, 05:20 PM
When you owe more money to retired workers than you do active workers it's hard to make a profit.

You have that right.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-15-2010, 05:29 PM
See the second part of my quote. I understand there were mistakes made but they were held hostage by UAW for too long.

When you owe more money to retired workers than you do active workers it's hard to make a profit.
I know that's an issue, but it's also hard to make a profit when you're building crap that no one wants to buy.