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I got a 1997 Ram early last year. Since then, I've driven just over 2000 miles and have had 4 power steering pumps die.

Pump 1 - Original (probably). Died before doing anything to power steering
Pump 2 - Autozone remanufactured. Died after about a month while on a trip. Sounded terrible from installation until death.
Pump 3 - Autozone replacement. Died after roughly 1 year. Again while on a trip. Replaced Steering gear with this pump installed.
Pump 4 - O'reilly remanufactured. Died tonight while backing in my trailer. 140 miles after being installed and driving home from a trip.

When I tow, I've been turning off overdrive and running at 2500 - 2700 RPM. Doesn't seem like this should contribute but since three failures have been after driving 2.5 hours or so and towing a trailer, I mention it.

So the question is... Are the re-manufactured pumps just garbage?
Fluid is ATF+4.
System bled by moving the steering back and fourth until no bubbles.
System fully flushed when putting on steering gear as I replaced all hoses as well.

Is it worth spending for a new pump? Does anyone think this is just bad luck?
If so, should I get the $290 Mopar pump?
Alternative is putting another Autozone / O'reilly pump on and slapping a for sale sign on the truck.

Thank you!
 

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Most of those parts house pumps have a warranty. If you do the labor yea its a PIA but hey if they are going to replace them.
 

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Most of those parts house pumps have a warranty. If you do the labor yea its a PIA but hey if they are going to replace them.
I ordered an inline filter snd will full flush this time around (again). I wish they'd fail local though.
 

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You have to replace the steering gear with it i believe for them to honer the warranty. When it failed did it make noise? What did the fluid look like?
 
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