As we mentioned in the Tool Talk podcast 43 last week, we had some issues pulling the power-steering pump out of the shop truck we’re fixing up. Actually, “trouble” doesn’t really cover it –- we had a hell of a time. Reader AggieMike clued us in on a sweet technique that might’ve worked.
I’m not sure if y’all have managed to pull that power steering pulley or not now, but if you aren’t going to re-use it, why not drill and tap some holes in it and use a steering-wheel puller on it. My buddy and I did this on a stubborn pulley once and it worked like a charm.
This sounds promising — we also could’ve drilled the holes and positioned nuts behind the pulley and hooked the bolts into the steering-wheel puller. We didn’t think of these ideas at the time, but either of ’em would’ve been worth a shot. At least our solution involved Chuck hacking things up, which is a favorite of his.
Street pricing for a basic steering-wheel puller is around $8.