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Trouble shoot power steering problems

Has fluid, belt is good. Undoubtedly it will be the pump but, it is such a pain to change that I figured I should check other possibilities first. I'm just not sure what they are. Are there particular lines or hoses that are known to clog or crack? I don't see a fuse associated with the ps pump but, maybe I'm wrong. I guess I'm just looking for a way to be sure or test the pump before I dive into this. Any suggestions would be SO appreciated. Thank you. ~Sharon in Hawaii

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You most likely have a failed steering gear rack and pinion. Have a local shop confirm this guess as it is quite expensive to replace.

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SOURCE: 2004 Galant Power Steering?

is the fluid circulating well , you could see it through the power steering fuel level after removing the rod , if not then you got proplems with the pump ,if the fluid is circulating the the rack and union pistons may have ruined

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SOURCE: Cadillac 2000 Deville Power Steering Pump

TRY REPLACING BELT, POSSIBLE CHEAPEST OPTION...BUT SOUNDS LIKE TWO PROBLEMS
THOU BELT AND RACK???

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SOURCE: Sluggish steering - 2005 Toyota Sienna

You probably do have a power steering leak. Check the fluid again, it's most likely low if you are having an increasing problem with it. As the fluid is drained slowly through the leak it allows air bubbles to enter the system and cause it to become sluggish or sticky. Get the leak fixed asap so you don't spend a huge amount on fluid and keep an eye on the fluid level.

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SOURCE: subaru impreza 1993 power steering leak

YOU CANT USE A REGULAR FUEL LINE ON POWER STEERING AS A HIGH PRESSURE HOSE.BECAUSE POWER STEERING PRESSURE IS 1000 PSI.YOU HAVE TO BUY THE POWER STEERING HIGH PRESSURE HOSE IT HAS NUMBER OF PLIES MATERIAL WEAVES TO MAKE IT STRONG.IT WAS MADE FOR POWER STEERING HIGH PRESSURE.YOU DONT HAVE A BLOCKAGE .THE HIGH PRESSURE HOSE JUST WORE OUT.REPLACE IT .IT SHOULD FIX THE PROBLEM.

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Looking to see haw difficult it is to change power steering pump.? any ideas Iam some what mechanicaly inclined


GM Astro/Safari 1985-1996 Repair Guide
Power Steering Pump - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
(see Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7)

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Fig. 1: Exploded view of the power steering pump assembly mounting-2.5L engine

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Fig. 2: Exploded view of the power steering pump assembly mounting-early-model 4.3L engine

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Fig. 3: Removing the power steering pump pulley-1985-92 vehicles

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Fig. 4: Installing the power steering pump pulley

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Fig. 5: Pump pulley removal and installation-1993-96 vehicles

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Fig. 6: Exploded view of the power steering pump mounting-late-model 4.3L engines (1993-96 shown)

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Fig. 7: Typical power steering pump hose routing-1996 shown


The following procedure requires the use of the GM Puller tool No. J-29785-A (1985-92), Puller J-25034-B (1993-96) or equivalent, and the GM Pulley Installer tool No. J-25033-B or equivalent.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
  2. For 1996 vehicles, remove the air cleaner assembly for access.
  3. For 1993-96 vehicles, remove the hood latch and the upper fan shroud.
  4. Release tension and remove the drive belt.
  5. Remove the power steering pump pulley using a suitable puller tool.
  6. Remove the power steering pump retaining bolts, then reposition the pump as necessary for access to the hoses.
  7. Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering pump.
  8. Remove the hoses from the power steering pump and drain the excess fluid into the catch pan.
WARNING Be sure to cap all openings in the pump hydraulic system to prevent excessive fluid spillage and the possibility of system contamination.
  1. Remove the power steering pump from the vehicle.
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On early-model vehicles where the drive belt is tensioned by pivoting the power steering pump assembly, do NOT fully tighten the mounting bolts at this time, since you will just have to loosen them again for belt installation and adjustment.
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  4. For 1993-96 vehicles install the upper fan shroud and the hood latch assembly.
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  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
  7. Refill the power steering reservoir and bleed the power steering system.
  8. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  9. Road test the vehicle, then check and top-off the power steering fluid.

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If it's a power steering pump low on fluid, it will buzz real loud and worse when you turn the steering wheel left or right.

Fill with power steering fluid. Look in owners manual for type of fluid.

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If this does not fix, you may have a bad pump.

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