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Steering i have a squeal in my steering and when i touch the brake it's hard to steer the fluid is full but the steering is hard sometime but not other times what can be the problem

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Power steering pump is going out should be able to pick 1 up at local salvage yard for around $15. if this helps please rate

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Find out what is causing noise from full steering lock on right and left , from stationery positon


Depends on what the noise sounds like. Some noise can be normal if you are holding the steering wheel at full lock . That is the pressure from the pump pushing hydraulic fluid through the steering box. If it is usually loud at the slightest turn..could be bad steering pump , leaking hose, leaking seal at steering box, even a bad belt.

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2005 sunfire when I pull away I can hear a squeak and when I put it in reverse when driving there is a lot of pressure and the steering is stiff


My first suggestion is that there is a brake issue, not knowing what type of squeal, whether intermittent or just when taking off, or where roughly....,
I think the Caliper Slide Pins are seized and therefore it is sticking putting pressure on one side of the Brake pads and or perhaps you have an issue with the power steering pump or belt/tensioner issue on the power steering pump. Check your pump fluid.
If it is drums in the back then perhaps the 'hold-down springs & retainer' let go for the brake shoes and are grabbing. If they are rotors then the above applies with caliper pins being worn and/or perhaps the Pads are so far gone they are sticking.
In worse case scenario you could have an issue with something being jammed into an axle from underneath - get a flashlight and look around for something around the axles from underneath, try to follow the axle from the inside to the outside and look for anything in the way of it or if the boots are worn.
Signs of brake fluid leaks may be shown by paths of discoloration on the inside of the wheels and rims, especially after sitting and if you at any time have to fill the brake fluid reservoir or notice it going down or of course any lights on yoiur instrument panel indicating a problem.
So, You may simply need a new belt or oil is on it and you may need some spray to clean it, special sprays are available for this.
Perhaps it is the bearing in the tensioner and maybe the squeal goes away after spraying it with lube like wd40 Zepp etc.
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Nov 18, 2014 | 2005 Pontiac Sunfire

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2011 Traverse. Power steering problem.


It sounds like the pump is stalling under load, most likely because the belt is old. Get it replaced, and if the power steering fluid hasn't been changed in 3 years or more, have the system flushed and filled too. Power steering oil is hygroscopic, just like brake fluid. Not to the same extent (it's not as aggressive in absorbing moisture), but over time it does take in water, which then corrodes the insides of your power steering system.

Dec 01, 2013 | 2011 Chevrolet Traverse

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When turning wheel a squealing noise comes from the steering coloum.........seems like it might be worse going into a corner hard........may sound like something turning in the coloum itself...............


The squealing noise when turning the steering wheel happens in most cases when the power steering fluind is low. Check to see if there is power steering fluid in the reevoir. If not add fluid to the proper level and the squealing should stop. Good luck

Feb 11, 2011 | 1993 Honda Accord

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My brakes and power-steering are not working. The brake pedal is hard, but the brakes will not engage. The power steering was not working at the same time. It has brake fluid, but when I took the power...


Yes, your brakes are boosted by the power steering pump rather than by vacuum. I don't think it's air in the system. More likely your pump has failed, but you can try bleeding the pump. Here is a procedure from autozone.com:

Observe the following:
Use clean, new power steering fluid type only Hoses touching the frame, body or engine may cause system noise. Verify that the hoses do not touch any other part of the vehicle. Loose connections may not leak, but could allow air into the steering system. Verify that all hose connections are tight.


NOTE Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.

  1. Fill pump reservoir with fluid to minimum system level, FULL COLD level, or middle of hash mark on cap stick fluid level indicator.
    NOTE With hydro-boost only, the oil level will appear falsely high if the hydro-boost accumulator is not fully charged. Do not apply the brake pedal with the engine OFF . This will discharge the hydro-boost accumulator.
  2. If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:
    1. Start the engine.
    2. Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
    3. Turn the engine OFF

  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
  4. With key in the ON position and the engine OFF , turn the steering wheel from stop to stop 12 times. Vehicles equipped with hydro-boost systems or longer length power steering hoses may require turns up to 15 to 20 stop to stops.
  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

Observe the following:



Use clean, new power steering fluid type only Hoses touching the frame, body or engine may cause system noise. Verify that the hoses do not touch any other part of the vehicle. Loose connections may not leak, but could allow air into the steering system. Verify that all hose connections are tight.
NOTE Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.
  1. Fill pump reservoir with fluid to minimum system level, FULL COLD level, or middle of hash mark on cap stick fluid level indicator.
    NOTE With hydro-boost only, the oil level will appear falsely high if the hydro-boost accumulator is not fully charged. Do not apply the brake pedal with the engine OFF . This will discharge the hydro-boost accumulator.
  2. If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:
    1. Start the engine.
    2. Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
    3. Turn the engine OFF

  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
  4. With key in the ON position and the engine OFF , turn the steering wheel from stop to stop 12 times. Vehicles equipped with hydro-boost systems or longer length power steering hoses may require turns up to 15 to 20 stop to stops.
  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

Oct 24, 2010 | 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

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Hard steering..i have 98 gmc jimmy. after full left turn going down from ramp the steering stuck and hard to steer. i found out that there is leak in steering fluid and very low in gauge. i added fluid but...


turn car off turn steering wheel from left to right all the way each way for about 10 to 12 times with it full of fluid you have air in your system and that will bleed it out in most cases

May 22, 2009 | 1998 GMC Jimmy

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How do i bleed air from power steering pump from 2006 gmc duramax 2500


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.....

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