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Power steering pump dosent last - 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix

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THe main reason that power steering pumps do last is when the driver holds the steering wheel at full lock *******. This places the pump under full load with no by pass allowed and so it is running hard all the time. PUmps only work when there is a change in the valve settings so when ther is no need to change direction further the pressure is diverted back to the resevoir but this is not done if you hold the wheell ******* full lock It is a simple matter if when you hit full lock then just back of the wheel a bit and the pressure in the pump eases and the life is extended. Check that the oil is clead and not burnt and that the correct oil is being used.

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Sounds like impurity in the oil.
Strip the rack and clean out. or replace both units ( pump and rack)
As all the junk usually ends up in the rack ready to destroy another pump

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