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Bad p/s pump, or possible clog?

Power steering sticks hard when turning. just wondering if these things clog up, or if pump just goes bad. no indict. of going bad early. car 2004 sedona lx, 3.5ltr 145.000 mls

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    could be a bad pump but more likely the rack is worn internally.

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Hi marvin, i hope this helps, it sounds more like the steering rack itself (internal hydraulic failure) , if the pump was failing, it would be noisy, and constant...good luck..marty

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Pump itself is pretty simple, fluid it uses is really light. they don't clog that i have ever heard of unless something gets in there that doesn't belong there, kind of hard to imagine but there have been folks that just drive around with the cap off, forgot to put it back on or something like that. obviously dirt, sand, stuff like that can kill a pump. if you have some kind of underlying issue affecting your steering that would make the pump work really hard that could make a difference in how long it lives or suddenly dies. if you do have some other steering problem that pump is not the only place you will see it, you will have uneven tire wear even though tires are properly inflated, pulls to one side, stuff like that. hope that helps.

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