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Old 08-03-2016, 04:11 PM   #1
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Question regarding Power Steering Pump Install - 2002 Boxster

Hi. Am new to forums; first time posting. I am replacing the power steering pump on a 2002 Boxster 986. I read the posts on this forum re power steering replacement as well as watched the Youtube video for 2001 Boxster PS pump. Both show removing the return tube in the rear of the PS pump reservoir using a small crowbar like tool to pry out the seal. I made the tool out of a steel ruler as shown on youtube and got the thing out. It tore up the red plastic slightly on the rear end (see pic). To re-insert the return tube I used a wrench to press against the ridge in the tube and tapped the thing in with a punch (see pic). It inserted more easily than removing. Now it's in and there is some play when I try to wiggle the return tube up and down. I'm wondering if the tube should feel rigid when installed or if the 1/4 inch or so of play is normal. Before installing, I inserted the O ring, but am concerned that maybe it got pushed out of place inside the housing or that the red plastic seal that surrounds the tube is compromised. I don't want to put the car together if it's not properly sealed and have fluid spewing all over. I'm not sure if I need to remove it one more time and re-do.

In case, can the red plastic seal be replaced or does one have to replace the entire return tube which I understand is a real pain?

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