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2003 chevy trailblazer power steering hard to turn at idle easy when i raise rpms

Need to know is it the rack and pinion or power steering pump

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Most likely is a weak power steering pump. This is actually pretty common and the pump is likely to last up to years before needing replaced. Make sure there are no leaks as this will reduce pressure through the system also causing this issue. If the oil in it looks dirty then it might require a flush.

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try lucas power steering stop-leak. drain some of the fuild and then pour that in. it is for surging rack & pinions, not just for leaks. if that doesn't work then you may have a defective rebuilt rack.
check power steering pump pressure, might be weak.

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