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mercyseat

R33 Series 2 Power Steering Pump Issue - Advice Required

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mercyseat    20
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  • We found out yesterday after the pump started making noise was a few facts:

    Note: my car is AUTOMATIC RB25-DET

     

    1/ The power steering noise starts after driving on the freeway at 80-120kms on throttle after slowing down after at least a 30min trip.Doesn't happen when cold or short trips.

     

    2/ When the fault occurs (power steering noise) the car seems to be stuck on higher revs than normal idling approx 1000-2000 revs. So at fault we have the noisy power steering pump PLUS a higher rev stuck ON.

    The idle only lowers once the car is turned off/on again. At that time the power steering pump noise goes away again temporarily.

     

    Once the car is turned off/on again the idle lowers to normal again but if I keep driving it normally after the fault you can start to hear the pump noise again.

     

    So wondering now if I've got a problem with the car's idle at high speed?

     

    When it warms up in the morning she revs higher til warm then she lowers to normal so no issue's here.

     

    The problem only happens after a good min half hour run on the freeway.

     

    Any ideas? Cause I'm running out of them.

     

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    mercyseat    20
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  • Does the R33 Series 2 GTST turbo run a power steering cooling system?

    Its got the HICAS system.

    Im thinking maybe its not cooling correctly

    OR

    Only other idea is that its being blocked from fluid running somewhere at high speed. Or it maybe revving too high at 80-100kms

    We've bled the system numerous times, cleaned the reservoir out, its not cavetating, no air bubbles, no heavy steering, car isnt over heating. Starts up from cold ok at 1000rpm then once warm drops to approx 800rpm. Been through two power steering pumps with BOTH having exactly same fault. Current one was ok for 3 weeks then started making the noises again....

    The issue only happens out on the freeway doing 80-100kms per hr after at least 30-45mins....

    Im trying to get it into a nissan workshop now OR maybe taking it up to the power steering joint cause Im outta ideas.

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    Dobz    33

    The power steering system is a simple on an r33 because hicas is electrically controlled. R32 is hydraulic hicas off the main power steering so it's a different kettle of fish. There may be some small detail like a seal or hose clamp on a return line allowing a small amount of air in when hot. Has it all been checked for defective hoses, hose clamps and/or seals?

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    mercyseat    20
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  • The power steering system is a simple on an r33 because hicas is electrically controlled. R32 is hydraulic hicas off the main power steering so it's a different kettle of fish. There may be some small detail like a seal or hose clamp on a return line allowing a small amount of air in when hot. Has it all been checked for defective hoses, hose clamps and/or seals?

    That was the next port of call. My mechanic was gonna have for a few days to go through every hose/clamp.
    Are there any small filters in any of the hoses?
    I can't get it in til 23rd Nov so might take her up to the power steering joint this afternoon and get them to do a once over cause I figure they can spot power steering faults quicker.
    And if it aint the power steering then we can move onto other causes.

    Its definately lacking flow when hot and under speed 80-100kms after a good 30min run on the freeway.
    Got it on the M3 here at Hoddle St and by the time I got to Ringwood exit on the way back she started making the noise.
    The current reco pump was ok for 3 weeks but same issue came back so reluctant to install another pump until we figure out the cause....
    Maybe its a tensioner or could even be the a/c too as its on that same size.

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    89CAL    256

    Did you ever mention what Fluid you are using?

    I'm finding it really hard to believe you are having this much issue with the pump itself, as per my post on the previous page, I ran mine DRY for about 30mins and it still works absolutely perfect to this day about 5 years on.

    I would do as suggested and remove the power steering belt, drive the car and see what happens. It is possible that hearing the noise is causing your brain to think there is a power steering issue. At least this will prove it is the power steering system.

    Does the noise change at all when you steer? Perhaps there is a bypass valve in the steering rack that has an issue? (I'm not 100% on how the racks handle the oil when there is no steering movement). Also, there is a solenoid for the power steering effort in the rack that controls the assistance based on speed (controlled by HICAS ECU). I have had this fault before and the steering is heavy all the time (ECU Failed)

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    mercyseat    20
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  • Did you ever mention what Fluid you are using?
    I'm finding it really hard to believe you are having this much issue with the pump itself, as per my post on the previous page, I ran mine DRY for about 30mins and it still works absolutely perfect to this day about 5 years on.
    I would do as suggested and remove the power steering belt, drive the car and see what happens. It is possible that hearing the noise is causing your brain to think there is a power steering issue. At least this will prove it is the power steering system.
    Does the noise change at all when you steer? Perhaps there is a bypass valve in the steering rack that has an issue? (I'm not 100% on how the racks handle the oil when there is no steering movement). Also, there is a solenoid for the power steering effort in the rack that controls the assistance based on speed (controlled by HICAS ECU). I have had this fault before and the steering is heavy all the time (ECU Failed)

    My mechanic put the fuild in so not sure which brand he used.
    Theres more than one issue going on apart from the power steering pump being loud.
    It seems to be stuck on a higher rev when the fault occurs or you can hear it revving higher and as mentioned it stops when i turn the car off/on again.
    It maybe something not cooling the ps fluid enough under high revs, it might be something is blocked ...
    Its going to the Nissan tuning specialist this week for a week to try to narrow down the exact cause.
    I can drive around locally with zero issues its only when im out on the freeway at 80-120kms p/hr after about 30mins when the winding noise starts.

    When the fault originally started with the old pump I could hit the accelerator pedal to rev it and it would go away but eventually that didnt help.
    She warms up ok at 1000rpm then down to 800rpm when warm.
    Oil cooler temp when warming up is on tab up from 4 but then lowers to halfway but does fluctuate under stick.
    Car temp is fine especially now we have a new clutch fan installed.
    Note: The noise was happening pre-new clutch fan.
    Below is a photo of cold vs warm on the dash when normal.
    It could be a million things. Hence dropping it off to Nissan specialists this week. Not a dealer, a reputable tuning/build mechanic that deals in JDM only cars.
    Will post later this week a photo of the tacho when the fault occurs cause I need it to fault before i get to the mechanics on the day i drop it off.


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