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Old 02-28-2013, 12:52 AM
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Default Replacing Steering pump


I just bought my first Dodge Ram with 186,000km on it.

It looks like the preowner took care of it but I still have to do some stuff on it.

The first thing is, it looks like the steering pump has been leaking and some of the oil got on the serpentine belt. The belt is squealing a bit now. The mechanic who did the pre-purchase inspection said he thinks it was leaking from the pulley at the steering pump.

So, even if it looks like it stopped leaking a while ago (oil is dry and the oil in the pump is at the proper lvl)
I watched a couple of youtube videos about changing a serpentine belt/steering pump and I want to try it myself, but I have a couple of questions before I'm going to try it.

Can I clean the other pulleys with brake cleaner, to make sure there is no oil on them anymore?

Does the 4.7l have a auto tension pulley?

I want to do an oil change as well, the preowner used castrol 5w30 full synthetic. I read some people use 10w30, but I also read it is better to stay with oil that has been used before.

I would fill in the castrol 5w30 full synthetic high mileage oil, is that a good idea?

(english is not my mother tongue, so I'm sorry for any grammatical errors )
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