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Power Steering My power steering is not completely out. It seems like when it is cold I sometimes have problems with it. Do you think the pump would need to be replaced or could it be a hose?

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    bryant smith May 11, 2010

    is there any evidence of a leak? how about noises?

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This could be just a matter of air in the system. make sure the level is proper and then turn the steering wheelall the way to the left and hold until you hear a slight squeal,then turn to the right till you hear the wheel the squeal. repeat bthis several times this should help. if the problem persists take it to a shop and have the pressure checked on the pump. if the pump checks out then its the slave cylinder on the rack unit that is the problem... please rate the solution....thanks

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

No, there is not any leaks and I haven't noticed a noise. What is weird is that it doesn't do it all the time which makes think it isn't the pump. It seems to only do it when it is cold.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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