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POWER STEERING HARD TO TURN AT IDLE

REPLACED POWER STEERING HOSE STEERING HARD TO TURN AT IDLE

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SOURCE: need help on how to replace a power steering hose

could be air in the system. jack the front end up and block so the front tires are off the ground. start the car and turn the steering wheel slowly all way to the right until it stops then all the way to the left. this may take awhile and make sure you keep an eye on the fluid level. when you get to the point where its not taking anymore fluid remove the blocks and take a ride.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

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Most of the time the pump will make a whining noise when used. this is a warning for a bad malfunctioning pump. if there is no noise during a hard turn, it will most likely be an issue with the steering assembly. heres a step by step guide on checking the pump.


Step1 Check the fluid levels of your vehicle first. Add power steering fluid if necessary before you proceed any further. Step2 Connect the power steering pump and hose to the pressure gauge and shutoff valve. Fit the hose to the power steering pump correctly. Make sure the shutoff valve is open before test the power steering pump. Step3 Idle the engine while turning the steering wheel all the way to the right and all the way to the left to release any air from the power steering pump. Step4 Close the shutoff valve to check system pressure for about 5 seconds. If the shutoff valve is closed longer than 5 seconds, your power steering pump can overheat and this can cause damage to the pump itself. Step5 Compare the pressure reading against the manufacturer's specifications. If the pressure is within limits, your power steering pump is working correctly and you're ready to roll. Step6 Troubleshoot if the pressure reading is not the same as the manufacturers specifications. Consult the manual for your vehicle or for your power steering pump (if you just installed a new one) to determine the source of any further problems.

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