Question about 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier
If fluid level is fine, there is no leak, and either then assisted steering, steering is working, the V-belt is in place, then you usually need to replace the power steering pump.
Before replacing the pump, check that the V belt is not worn, not broken, and not making noise.
To replace power steering pump you need to remove the V-belt.
Disconnect high pressure and return line from the old power steering pump assembly.Collect the fluid.The pump is held by a bracket with three bolts accessible through holes in the pulley, and by a bolt at the back of the pump. At that point the pump can be removed and replaced performing operations in reverse order and fitting in the new pump.
If you decide to DIY, get the repair manual first.
Youcan find repair manual and replacement pump here: Chevy Cavalier Repair Manual - Partstrain.com.
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Posted on Jun 22, 2009
Power steering is actually power assisted steering. Even if the "power" portion of the steering goes out you can still steer the car, it will just require much more effort. If you cannot turn the wheel then it would seem that something is binding somewhere. It will get easier to turn the wheel if the car is moving, even just a slow speed. Try to turn the wheel as the car is rolling and see if it works then. If it does then you have a power assisted steeering issue. Before you even start the car go ahead and pop the hood and check all the fluid levels. If the power steering fluid level is low or foamy, or anything looks out of spec, let me know and we can take it from there.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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