I went to store and power steering was fne, the next morning I went out to go to work and I turned the wheel to the left the power steering worked fine, but when i go to turn it back to center at stand still or low speeds, its worst then armstrong steering. Thounght maybe a airlock in half of gear pump so added fluid to try to force it out, no luck.
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If that's the only thing that stopped working,most likely it either lost a lot of fluid,or the gearbox failed.
If the steering wheel is really easy to turn,but the wheels don't,it's most likely mechanical.
Please check the TYRE pressure if this seems OK then you must hoist the car and check the steering with the wheels up . If this is not found to be free the power steering section must be checked in detail starting from the drive, the hydraulics to the ball joint links. Loss of fluid or fault in pump cannot be ruled out. check the drive belt which if failed will be indicated.
It should like you may have a leak if it took a whole litre. Once you fix the leak you may also find the power steering pump still makes noise. This can be repaired by replacing the pump. I hope this helps.
A couple of guesses so if it fails you'll have to post the problem again.
1) Is there a button to release the ignition lock, sometimes on the underneath of the steering column? 2) Assuming no or you've already tried that, sometimes, if when parked, the steering wheel is turned slightly, the steering lock and the ignition lock bind. Just try rocking the steering wheel left and right, no more than 8th of a turn, while trying to turn the ignition key. May just work.
Hi, Your Malibu has Electronic assist steering. Some malfunction occurred when the light came on. May have been a loose connection. You will be able to steer the car if the malfunction re-appears. It will steer hard standing still but as you move it will get easier. Best to take it to a shop and see if there are any codes stored to help locate the original power steering light malfunction.
Don't think the pressure switch would do that. Sounds more like a bad pump (they have people that can't tie their own shoes building this stuff thanks to outsourcing to other countries) Failure rate on rebuilds is far higher than it used to be. Reason I believe the pump may be the problem is that it does seem to work at high rpm's...tells me that it either has an internal pressure bypass or not making enough pressure. Could be wrong, but I'd get another one first.
Check under the hood where the fuses are located, right next to the battery terminals. The fuse cover has a printout underneath. I believe power steering is the #1 fuse. You can replace this fuse at any auto parts store.
Routinely, you just jack the vehicle enough to have the tires clear the ground and with the engine on, turn full left till it bottoms out....then turn full right till you bottom it out and then repeat up to ten times.....