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Is there a preferred brand? Most of the parts store brands seem to have **** reviews.

What is the difference in pumps with and without variable assist? Im seeing both. I thought the only difference was the evo being attached and possibly different pressure lines because of it.
 

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I've only ever installed Motorcraft pumps with the EVO module included. A number of years back they started only shipping out refurb pumps without the EVO module because there was a shortage or something, though I'm not sure if that's the case. My guess is with/without EVO just means it has the EVO module installed or not.

If you need a pump in a pinch I have a spare. Not low miles, but quiet, and cheap. :)
 

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I've used Autozone pumps, rock auto pumps, Oreillys pumps. I've getten them with the EVO and without. Swapping the EVO is annoying but not impossible. I've never had a problem with any of the pumps.
 

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Thanks everyone. I ended up getting a cardone pump from advance. It seemed to have better reviews. This ended up being a last minute change. I was doing the water pump and I needed to find a power steering leak, but I think the pump was damaged in the short time it didn’t have any fluid in it.

I bought the pump with variable assist, but it didn’t come with the EVO. It did have a few o rings that fit it though.
 

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Thanks everyone. I ended up getting a cardone pump from advance. It seemed to have better reviews. This ended up being a last minute change. I was doing the water pump and I needed to find a power steering leak, but I think the pump was damaged in the short time it didn’t have any fluid in it.

I bought the pump with variable assist, but it didn’t come with the EVO. It did have a few o rings that fit it though.
What a timely post. Tonight, pulling into the garage, I noticed a not-minor puddle of something on the floor and stopped halfway in. Got out, felt it in my fingers & tasted it...very sharp & bittery. Not enough lighting to see the color, but it's a clean oil and not motor oil, so will have to check again later tonight or tomorrow with the shop lights on. Think it's a P/S leak. After 25 years, my '97 Sport is actually leaking something for the first time in her life. Can't wait for 2022 to be over...been a schiffshow of a year in so many ways.
 

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What a timely post. Tonight, pulling into the garage, I noticed a not-minor puddle of something on the floor and stopped halfway in. Got out, felt it in my fingers & tasted it...very sharp & bittery. Not enough lighting to see the color, but it's a clean oil and not motor oil, so will have to check again later tonight or tomorrow with the shop lights on. Think it's a P/S leak. After 25 years, my '97 Sport is actually leaking something for the first time in her life. Can't wait for 2022 to be over...been a schiffshow of a year in so many ways.
In your case you may have a leaky hose.
 
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In your case you may have a leaky hose.
God, I hope so and not a leaky rack. Even a leaking pump is easy-peasy to replace.

Edit later tonight: Crawled under her...it's a coolant leak. Consulted with @supergordo and he advised tightening loose hose clamps.
 

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God, I hope so and not a leaky rack. Even a leaking pump is easy-peasy to replace.

Edit later tonight: Crawled under her...it's a coolant leak. Consulted with @supergordo and he advised tightening loose hose clamps.
Thankfully it isn't the rack. But I've done so many Tbird racks I don't find it that hard really.
 
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My hands will not go in there to do the rack; next time, I paid. The racks seem to die about at about233k miles. :)
 
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