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Power steering I have a 1998 chevy z-71 with a 5.7 vortec . The power steering pump was leaking so i changed it and the steering became very difficult at low speeds. I took it to a mechanic and he said the pump was probably faulty so he put a another new pump on and replaced the belts. Now it seems like it is worse than the last one. It really doesnt even seem to help much when i give in more fuel. . Any ideas what might be causing the problem. I never had this problem with the factory pump that came on the truck. Any suggestions what i can do. Thank you.

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I would check to see if the PS fluid is foamy. If so, then there is air trapped in the system. You can attempt to bleed it out by yourself . With the engine off, open the reservoir, raise the front wheels off the ground, and cycle the steering side to side all the way, or lock to lock, a few times. It's usually better to do this at the wheels, and not with the steering wheel. Note if the fluid level drops and top off accordingly. Some times this can take multiple tries to be successful. There will typically, however, be some air that you can't totally expel from the system using this method. In that case normal driving should cure that. There is a slight chance that the steering gear has gone bad due to the initial leakage, but not likely. I'd start by attempting to bleed the air from the system. Hope this helps.

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