Is this a power steering pump bracket flaw???
I stated on an earlier post that my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 V10 snapped my power steering pump off the block, shearing two bolts and snapping the bracket off the third. I found the part number, 53032750AA. However, I found that it's discontinued. Then, the guy told me that Mopar recommends replacing the bracket whenever replacing the power steering pump. That would explain a lot, as everyone around here sells the pump and bracket in tandem, but then again, nobody can keep them long enough for me to find them. Don't get me wrong, I would buy a used pump (and bracket) just FOR the bracket if need be, but it seems I just bought the last one that someone had stored on a shelf on the East Coast, in Florida, no less. I took the remnants of my old one to my buddy at my local machine shop, and he said he could build a nearly bulletproof replica, but the price would be above $500. My question is, is this a freak accident? Or, is Mopar right on this one? I can't afford for my tow rig to die forever from lack of a a power steering pump bracket.......