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Loud noise in the steering column;gear box replacd recently

The steering almost locked on my 2002 Chevy Tahoe. Repair shop said it needed a new gear box. The repair was made and one month later there is a very loud noise in the steering column when the car is started. The noise is not so loud at a higher speed. What is the problem? It almost sounds like a belt but I don't think there is a belt in the gear box? I was towing a boat today and heard a pop after turning a tight corner. From then on out it seemed like I had no power steering anymore. I tried calling some mechanics, but it's Saturday and no one is open till Monday. Can't decide if I should take to dealer or independent mechanic.

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Dealer, but did you check the Power steering fluid level??or any leaks. There are two hose that connect to the gear box from the power steering pump. if the pump is low on fluid you lose your power steering, if the hose has a leak or it blew and lost the power steering fluid then you lost your power steering again. 
Check the fluid level to the power steering pump and any leaks or broken hose to the gear box.
Keep me posted, be glad to help and good luck.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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