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You could have a leak in the lines connected to your power steering pump, or your pump could have failed all together, or the cables that run the pump could have snapped. Hopefully though you just have low power steering fluid levels and you can just buy some and fill the reservoir back up.
I had an SVX, and loved it! Had to replace the power steering pump too, but I found that until I did a really thorough flush that it still didn't work right. Jack the front wheels off the ground. Have a helper get in the car to start it and turn the wheel back and forth. Before starting it, disconnect the low-pressure return hose from the pump and put the end of it into a bucket. Be ready with a couple of quarts of ATF fluid (you don't need to use power steering fluid.) Start the car and pour fresh fluid into the pump while the steering wheel is being turned all of the way back and forth a couple of times. Don't let the fluid level get down to where it pumps any air! Shut it off just before you finish pouring in the second quart of ATF. Reconnect the low pressure hose, run it again and adjust the fluid level. This worked for me - the steering operated like new. Good luck.
check the level from the powerstearing and fill up when nessesary. after filling up turn the steer wheel to the left complete not hold it there for long just the end and back to the right side,do this 5 times left and 5 time to the right,powerstearing is now full.then check one more time.
1) Gather the materials -- Instructable step 1 - This includes tools, a new pump, fluids, etc. 2) Remove the leaking pump -- Instructable step 2 - Drain the Power Steering system -- Instructable step 3 - Remove accessories from Power Steering system -- Instructable step 4 - Remove the pulley and bolts -- Instructable step 5 - Remove power steering pump 3) Install the new pump -- Instructable step 6 - Place the new power steering pump -- Instructable step 7 - Press on the power steering pump pulley -- Instructable step 8 - Align the pulley and attach the belts -- Instructable step 9 - Flush and fill the power steering system 4) Cleanup -- Instructable step 10 - Cleanup
You'll need some tools to complete this task. Before you start, gather the necessary equipment -- you will not be able to use the car once you start the replacement! It is always a good idea to have a friend on call, or a second car available.
Power Steering pump (to replace defective pump)
Two (2) quarts power steering fluid or appropriate ATF (to flush and fill). More than 2 quarts if flushing the rack is desired.
Power Steering Pulley Puller set (to remove and attach the pulley). Some auto parts stores will loan the tool sets.
Open end wrench set (for use with puller set).
Leverage pipe or extension bar (in case the pulley is hardened on the spindle).
Drain pan (to drain & flush power steering system).
Wheel bearing grease for sliding pulley on the pump hub.
2' wood 1x2 for assistance with aligning the pulleys. Any straight tool will work fine -- a level, metal rod, wood, whatever.
Please check the TYRE pressure if this seems OK then you must hoist the car and check the steering with the wheels up . If this is not found to be free the power steering section must be checked in detail starting from the drive, the hydraulics to the ball joint links. Loss of fluid or fault in pump cannot be ruled out. check the drive belt which if failed will be indicated.
Your power steering module, steering assist motor and the steering sensor could all be problems. You will have to have a scan performed to see what the exact problem is. There is no other way.
The power steering aides you in turning the wheel. When the light comes on there is a malfunction and this is why it is hard to turn the wheel, because the steering assistance of the power steering is gone at that time. Turning the car off just temporarily resets the PCM.
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It should like you may have a leak if it took a whole litre. Once you fix the leak you may also find the power steering pump still makes noise. This can be repaired by replacing the pump. I hope this helps.
There are sensors in the steering column. they are going bad and the whole steering column will need replaced more than likely. waiting for a recall from gm but this is a big safety issue that needs immediate attention. gm will reimburse you if you already have payed to have it fixed and they issue a recall.
It all depends on where the fluid is coming from. It could be a ruptured pressure hose, or a seal in the power steering pump. The 2 "dangers " are NO POWER STEERING and burning out the pump with no fluid. A short drive for repairs using " ARMSTRONG " will probably do no harm. Hope this helps