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Running engine without steering fluid?

Will it hurt my power steering pump running it without any fluid?

Would it be better to plug the power steering lines?

I plugged the the lines, started up the truck and something just didn't sound right. I'm worried that running it plugged or empty will burn the pump up.

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im pretty sure youll burn out the pump
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Pumps need lubrication
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Will it hurt my power steering pump running it without any fluid?

Would it be better to plug the power steering lines?

I plugged the the lines, started up the truck and something just didn't sound right. I'm worried that running it plugged or empty will burn the pump up.

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Yes running the P/S pump without fluid will eventually ruin the pump. You might get away with connecting the pressure hose to the return hose baring it does not blow the return hose.

Though a membership at Gold's gym might be more cost effective.
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Pumps need lubrication
That's why I plugged the lines, with full fluid in the reservoir. But it almost sounded like it was bogging down when I started the truck.

Will it hurt the pump or blow a seal running the pump with the line plugged and full on fluid?
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