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Can power steering pump go bad sitting in the shop for engine replacement or could the mechanic have damaged it during engine replacement?

Toyota installed new engine in 2003 Toyota Rav4. They have informed me now it needs a new power steering pump and belt. Power steering was fine when I dropped it off for engine replacement.

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A 16 year old steering pump was likely near EndOfLife. Heed Steve Ps advice and have them show you the part and explain why it failed... likely bad fluid seal from worn out bearings.

The alternator and air conditioning compressor will be other potential original components not part of the new engine and reaching EOL. Check that water pump is new component included with engine.

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Dont go tua a dealer..techs r inexperiencd. Private shop w many cars in yard means theyr good. U pribly didnt evn needa new engine.. what they du w old motor may want it for evidence

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Only if it was sitting for a LONG LONG time..... the belt...no biggie..change it!! Now .. the pump..ask why it needs replacing.. MAKE THEM SHOW YOU WHAT IS WRONG!! ... and do not take "just does" for an answer!!! If they insist it needs replacing, DEMAND to get the old pump returned to you and make them show you what is wrong with it..If they won't... its lawyer or arbitration time!!! YES>> the mechanic COULD have easily damaged it!!

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try changing the power steering oil, if you can access one of the hoses and disconnect one to drain, refil and try again, there are additives thet clean and lubricate as well

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