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Hardway 02-03-2012 03:52 PM

99 Chevy Astro Van
 
99 Chevy Astro Van

Anybody know what size allen (hex) bit that fits the center shaft on the power steering pump shaft. Also what size wrench is the pulley? Need to replace shaft seal.

titanoman 02-03-2012 05:26 PM

Park in front of o'reilly's and borrow whatever fits. They rent tools for free.

DrHicks 02-03-2012 05:59 PM

I don't want to presume to tell you what to do here, but why pay almost $20 for a seal when you could buy a complete re-manufactured pump for $40?

Hardway 02-03-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 843463)
I don't want to presume to tell you what to do here, but why pay almost $20 for a seal when you could buy a complete re-manufactured pump for $40?


Thanks for the advise, but I am not paying $20.00 for the seal but rather $2.00.
I already have everything apart, as I replaced the water pump and hoses.
Easy enough to replace seal, at this time. However when I get back at it in the morning, I may change my mind and replace the pump. I do have the seal on hand, donít have right size allen wrench.

Hardway 02-03-2012 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by titanoman (Post 843445)
Park in front of o'reilly's and borrow whatever fits. They rent tools for free.

Now this is really good advise, not:thumbdown:

titanoman 02-03-2012 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardway

Now this is really good advise, not:thumbdown:

Well, if your pride cometh before...whatever they say...then replace the pump like the other dude said.

Hardway 02-03-2012 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by titanoman (Post 843653)
Well, if your pride cometh before...whatever they say...then replace the pump like the other dude said.



Explain this statement as it makes no sense!

DrHicks 02-03-2012 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 843639)
Thanks for the advise, but I am not paying $20.00 for the seal but rather $2.00.
I already have everything apart, as I replaced the water pump and hoses.
Easy enough to replace seal, at this time. However when I get back at it in the morning, I may change my mind and replace the pump. I do have the seal on hand, donít have right size allen wrench.

Cool. I was just going by what I found on the OReilly site, that indicated the seal was $16.99.


DrHicks 02-03-2012 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 843641)
Now this is really good advise, not:thumbdown:

Why the snarky comment? I rent tools from OReily's quite often.

titanoman 02-03-2012 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardway

Explain this statement as it makes no sense!

I was wondering why renting the tools you need is a farfetched idea?
Weren't you suggesting you needed to acquire a wrench if you knew what size it was?
But it sounds like your vehicle isn't driveable right now, so nix that anyway.
Is that why my suggestion was not a good one?

Edit: Thank-you, DrHicks.

Hardway 02-03-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 843665)
Cool. I was just going by what I found on the OReilly site, that indicated the seal was $16.99.

I ordered a sway bar online so I threw a seal in, just did not get around to installing it.

DrHicks 02-04-2012 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 843675)
I ordered a sway bar online so I threw a seal in, just did not get around to installing it.

Ahhh... Apparently didn't get it from OReily's. $16.99 does seem oddly expensive for a seal that is that small.

Hardway 02-04-2012 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by DrHicks (Post 843704)
Ahhh... Apparently didn't get it from OReily's. $16.99 does seem oddly expensive for a seal that is that small.

nope anything i can wait on, i order online. even with shipping cheaper then OReily'y.

Hardway 02-04-2012 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by titanoman (Post 843673)
I was wondering why renting the tools you need is a farfetched idea?
Weren't you suggesting you needed to acquire a wrench if you knew what size it was?
But it sounds like your vehicle isn't driveable right now, so nix that anyway.
Is that why my suggestion was not a good one?

Edit: Thank-you, DrHicks.

The Astro is not drivable, but I have a second vehicle. The Astro is what I need a tool for. I don't ever rent any tools, buy only. However changing a shaft seal in the parking lot is not possible. Also there is city ordnance, no working on cars in the parking lot. Now minor repairs, they will let ya slide. If I had to pay to have the Astro repaired it would have to go. I have good set of tools, as good as most repair centers. Just donít have everything, as the vehicles change.

DrHicks 02-04-2012 12:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 843714)
The Astro is not drivable, but I have a second vehicle. The Astro is what I need a tool for. I don't ever rent any tools, buy only. However changing a shaft seal in the parking lot is not possible. Also there is city ordnance, no working on cars in the parking lot. Now minor repairs, they will let ya slide. If I had to pay to have the Astro repaired it would have to go. I have good set of tools, as good as most repair centers. Just don’t have everything, as the vehicles change.

I've found myself renting tools more frequently. The way OReily's does it, it's more like borrowing them. When I return the tool, they refund the rental charge.

I recently rented an axle nut socket, to use on my Grand Cherokee. Dumb thing would have cost about $35 to buy, and being a 36mm socket, it's unlikely I'd ever use it for anything else. So "borrowing" it was pretty sweet.

Other things I've "borrowed" from OReily's recently include...
Code Scanner
Coil spring compressors
Ball joint separator
Brake-line bender
Brake-line flanger
Pulley puller

My decision is based on the cost of buying the tool, and the likelihood of needing to use it again.


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