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Had my 2004 WRX wagon in the shop recently to replace a broken radiator. The shop asked if I wanted to replace the serpentine belt while I had it in there. Although I only have 27,000 miles on the car, I like to get work done when I happen to have the car in the shop so that i don't forget to have the work done later.
When I picked up my car, the steering was making horrible noise and the power assist was not reliable. The repair shop said that my power steering pump was bad. I thought that the timing was awfully coincidental, but the car is out of warranty, and that's when everything goes wrong, yeah? The pump was bubbling the fluid, but there was no leak that they could find, thus they decided that the pump was bad.
So I brought the car back in and had them replace the pump. It fixed the problem. There is no noise, and the power assist works fine. But there was another noise coming from the AC. I had originally assumed that this was part of the problem from the power steering pump, but I took it to another shop (that I trust) and found out that the AC noise was caused by an error in the serpentine belt replacement.
Now I suspected that the original repair shop somehow damaged the steering pump when replacing the serpentine belt. I asked the shop that I trust about the possibility of this, and he mentioned that he has seen this with certain Honda models. The Hondas have an issue where if the pump is rotated backwards at all, the pump is permanently damaged. So I need to know if this is a possible issue with my 2004 WRX as well. Basically I need some proof that this is a known issue with the Subaru power steering pumps before I can go to the original repair shop and demand my money back for the pump replacement.
Thank you all for your help with this.
Was the backward rotation question answered?
This exact same thing happened to me in the addition of the told me the rack and pinion seal was bad... all your symptoms right after I drove out of garage I didnt trust...and same bubbles and same response... but I know it was fine when I brought the car...the bastards...
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