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Hello,

I have a 1980s el Camino. The power steering pump is leaking and want to replace it but cant find one that look exactly like the one I have. was wondering if this pump is the original one for the car? The one that came with it is on the right (still has the pulley gear on it) and the one on the left is the one they gave me at part store. The one on the left is all I find online if anyone can clarify this I would appreciate it alot.
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Are you opposed to just fixing the leak? Stock parts are always better than what you’ll get at the parts store. Plus you’ll know for a fact that it fits.
 

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Are you opposed to just fixing the leak? Stock parts are always better than what you’ll get at the parts store. Plus you’ll know for a fact that it fits.
No, The thing is I don't know if this even is the stock part cause I have no idea where the plugged tube goes and the guy I brought it from didn't know. I don't wanna fix the leak and just to turn out its not the right pump. It drives with it but not sure of the full ramifications of driving with the wrong pump.
 

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I'm going with the diesel that had hydro boost brakes. Look that one up and see if it doesn't match up.
 

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I'm going with the diesel that had hydro boost brakes. Look that one up and see if it doesn't match up.
I looked into it and yes it is a pump for hydro boosting due to the pumps I looking the same(The two tubes) but I don't believe my car has a diesel engine. Due to the vin number saying it is a v8 4.4L (I thought it was 5.0L earlier misread the vin translator) and it being pretty small also I don't see any of the other parts needed to have hydro boost brakes like the cooler or filter or any attachment slot on brakes. Master cylinder is after market. The original was the cast iron one.
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You have a vacuum assist brake booster (see arrow in image) and not a hydroboost.
I think the diesels came with hydroboost, so they needed the extra connections as they used the steering pump to power fluid to the hydroboost via extra hoses.
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You have a vacuum assist brake booster (see arrow in image) and not a hydroboost.
I think the diesels came with hydroboost, so they needed the extra connections as they used the steering pump to power fluid to the hydroboost via extra hoses.
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The guy I got it from did say he was gonna LS swap it but sold it instead do people do hydroboost when swapping? I'm thinking this came out of a pull apart yard from a close enough vehicle.
 

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People pull these hydroboost pumps at wrecking yards first because 1) they cost the same at the junkyard, 2) they usually pump more volume, and 3) gives the option of adding hydroboost later if you want. So yes, someone probably put a junkyard steering pump in there from a van or truck.
 

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It is likely it got pulled from a similar vehicle that had hydroboost.
I recognize it because with a blower cam, there was not enough vacuum generated. We modified my power steering pump to handle the extra connections when adding hydroboost.
 
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