Power Steering - 80 series HZJ80

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:09
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Thanks for the replies regarding my water pump today. Took me 6 hours but she's done, whoever designed that setup my god!

Anyway another matter, the power steering is really heavy or pretty much not working when I making tighter turns like round-abouts, T intersections and so on. Ok driving and changing lanes but when there's some turning, nope its heavy as.

I notice if I put it in neutral and rev the engine a bit while turning it makes the steering become a bit lighter.

Nothing wet at the power steering box or anywhere else so there's no leaks.

Sound familiar with the 80 series HZJ80 and common remedy?

Thanking all for their time, much appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:13

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:13
You did check the fluid level right?
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Reply By: 80seriescruiser - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:42

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 20:42
yeah, and stuck a metal rod in there just to double make sure on the level.
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Reply By: mechpete - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 23:50

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 23:50
change the fluid ,its probably old old oil
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:35

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 17:35
Was it like this before the water pump job, or since?
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Reply By: Trev6 - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:10

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:10
Hi All , Just joined here as you lot have some great conversation happening.

To the problem you have with your steering 80seriescruiser, I have one with the exact same problem, it's fine on the open road but try to park it under about 1100 rpm (and 20 km/h) and it's impossible to steer and like you if you sit still and rev it the steering comes back. It is at this very moment sitting in a workshop getting fixed, the bloke fixing it tends to think it's a "lazy pump" and is going to put a reconditioned one on it. I will let you know through the forum on the outcome. I should have it back early in the next week....I hope.


BTW .....mine is a 93 model with 419000 ks on it so the pump has done a bit of work.
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Follow Up By: Trev6 - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010 at 21:49
Just got the cruiser back today and yes i can steer it now. The pump on mine was so badly worn that it was not exchangable so it ended up costing a bit more than I thought, $616 total fully installed.
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Reply By: Member - jethro - Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:31

Friday, Jul 16, 2010 at 21:31
I've just had mine done, but reco'd the old pump with a new shaft, brg and seal kit(all genuine, I work at a dealership). 404k on the 75 now.
At my previous dealership we fitted an aftermarket pump only to have it come back, failing after only a few days.
It is common for the pumps to leak and most dealerships will stock at least the seal kit, but whether your mechanic will overhaul or replace is the question.

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