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2008 impala steering hard after replacing rack & pinion, pump, fluids.and power steering pressure was checked and after checked the dealer said it was within specs. It is still hard to turn and w

Am very frustrated as the dealer kept the car for one week and still did not fix the hard turning of the steering wheel.

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SOURCE: 05 impala steering noise. Rack or Power steering pump

the power steering fluid is probly the first thing u should check if that doesnt fix it replace ur fluid pump,.the resevior should be right around ur brake booster and master cylinder,.hope u fix it and find it

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Sounds like one of your power steering lines burst from pressure, or the pump itself went/is going bad, you need to take it into the nearest repair shop and have them repair/replace it.

And I highly suggest you do not drive the vehicle till it is fixed as that's an easy way to cause an accident.

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SOURCE: 05 silverado hard to turn. new pump! is it a bad rack?

since the rack is used it could be defective. aligning the vehicle will not loosen the steering up

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SOURCE: thumping noise while driving left side worse when turning right

have you had it balanced and the driveshaft looked at? id start there

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