Power Steering Pump

Trying this one again.
I had to replace a leaking power steering pump a couple of days ago - on my 2 1/2 year old, 2001 DoubleCab Prerunner with less than 44,000 miles on it -
cost $570, including installation and taxes. I have had nine Toyotas ranging from an 800 CC sports car in 1968 to my current Prerunner (3 of these have been pickups). Most of these cars/trucks were passed down to my kids and had 150,000 or so miles on them when they were replaced. My daughter still has my 1993 extra cab with 165,000 miles on it. I have never had any problem with a power steering pump before. Naturally, this one had to be after the warranty ran out. The service manager said this was a very unusual problem, and that the 2001s were as reliable as their predecessors.
Has anyone else had this problem or heard of someone with it? I buy Toyotas, because I don't have problems with them. I would hate to think that this is just the beginning with this one.
Frank in Fort Worth
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I rebuilt the leaky power steering pump on my "Made in Japan" '89 4Runner (3VZ-E) at about 200K miles. The kit was something like $20US, and took about half a day of my very cheap labor. I suppose the difference between a "problem" and "routine maintenance" is something like 150K miles and $550...
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Last year I had to replace my power steering pump on my 88 as well and my toy only has 298 000 km on it I wasn't impressed oil all over the place.
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It definitely sounds like mine should not have needed to be replaced anywhere close to this soon.
Frank

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I replaced the power steering pump on my 95.5 Tacoma about 3 years ago. I think I had about 200k on it at the time. A year later, I replaced the power steering rack. Some of this is definitely attributed to oversized tires and off-roading.
Kevin http://home.off-road.com/~tacomas_offroad /
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Having oversized tires is usually what causes premature failure of the psp. The Tacomas have an American made psp where as the 4Runners have an Asian made psp and the American made units (made by the same company that makes all of Chryslers psps) tend to have a shorter life. Too late now but if it happens again (and hopefully it won't for at least 200K miles) try and get an Asian made unit because their is no excuse for a psp in a stock truck failing at 44K.

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