1990 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual a lot miles
Power-assist seems to drop out intermittently but frequently. The car drives like a 1968 Bronco in parking lots, but it's much better at speed (no surprise). There is minimal noise involved -- no belt squeal (though I did replace all three drivebelts because they looked to be from the late Cretaceous, and there was some glazing on the PS/WP belt). The only sound is a slight hissing noise, audible over road noise but nothing else, apparently from right in front of the driver.
All this suggests a bad rack to me -- internally leaking. Except changing the drivebelt made the drop-out less frequent. I don't see how that's possible.
These parts are outrageously expensive for this vehicle, so I don't really want to guess. And my pressure gauges are designed for crankcase oil and won't be very happy with the 80 bar or so the PS pump puts out. Is that (or a shop) my only option? Is a pump rebuild kit a sensible option? I wouldn't have bothered on my Ford, but I can get a reman Ford PS pump for $50 instead of $200.
I'm confused. How can I narrow this down?
Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 7:28 PM