1996 Chrysler Town and Country Power steering pump

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 230,000 MILES
Can't get the new pump back in by the exhaust manifold
I unbolted the exhaust
Disconnected all lines
Unbolted the pump from the bracket and pulled the pump out but I can't get it back in without excessive force
I don't want break the pulley again
I just had replaced the pump a month ago but it was making noise
I pulled it out thinking I had a defected pump but it was the broken pulley that was the problem pump is fine
Thinking maybe I broke it putting it in the first time?
Thanks for any helpful ideas!

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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 10:04 AM

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Tiny
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What engine?
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 12:18 PM
Tiny
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Here'ssometing off our tips page.
So I figured out a way to get the pump out without having to go through the painfull operation of removing the bracket and alternator assemblies. If you follow the first step, pull off the lines, remove the 3 front bolts and the rear bracket to the engine block, you can sneak the pump out of the bracket.
Also leave the support bracket off until last after the pump is on put the pulleyon.
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 12:23 PM
Tiny
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I am having trouble putting the pump with the pulley already attached back by the exhaust manifold
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 12:33 PM
Tiny
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Then leave the strut loose that I pointed to in pic or loosen the pump bracket so you can get it connected by manifold. Loosen the bolts that hold the bracket to the motor and MAKE SURE your belt isn't on. There shouldn't be any reason for this nto not go on with the nuts loosened to line it up
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
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I have done all that the problem is there is not enough clearance to get by the exhaust manifold without cracking the new pulley that is on the pump
Thanks anyway for trying to help
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 1:33 PM
Tiny
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That's why you leave the pulley off until the pump is installed.
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 1:35 PM
Tiny
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In a perfect world that's right
But Chrysler design does not allow for the pulley to be installed on the car because frame is in the way
Their factory pumps come with pulley installed
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 AT 1:46 PM

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