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My power steering keeps shutting off. Then if I turn the ignition off and back on, the power steering works again. I'm sure it is just a relay but can anyone help?

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Hoping it was simple like a relay, I held off. But the Power steering on the DIC kept coming on. Had it diagnosed as a power steering faliure.
When this happens you have to replace your entire Steering column. Because these vehicles run of electric steer and not the tradition hydraulic steer.
A new column Can. is $570.
The quote I received for a new column + Labour was $777.86

I went to a salvage yard!! $230.
Just as long as you know someone who can tackle this, it's alot cheaper than the dealer

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Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder
Lock Cylinder Functional
Removal
  1. The following procedure applies to vehicles that have a functional ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) and keys. If the key numbers are known, the correct key can be made. Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). For additional information, refer to Section 14-01 .
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Ignition Switch Removal
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Item Part Number Description 1 11572 Ignition Switch 2 — Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder Housing 3 — Slot in Lock/Column Assembly A — (Part of 11572) Pin B — Alignment Mark
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