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02 Park Avenue steers very hard to the left and normal to the right.

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  • rod7352 Jul 21, 2009

    Lee,

    This car has 104,000 miles on it. I would like to fix myself , but this does seem to border on something for the shop. The fluid is full but smells very burnt as a transmission might. It started all at once last evening. Each time I have started it since, it does the same thing.

    Thanks, Rod

  • rod7352 Jul 21, 2009

    2002 Buick Park Avenue 104,000 miles Car steers to the right as it should but,can barely
    be turned to the left.This happened all at once. No warning at all. Fluid level is good but fluid smells burnt.

  • rod7352 Jul 21, 2009

    2002 Buick Park Avenue 104,000 miles. Steers to the right as it should but will not turn back to the left without excessive force.Fluid is normal level but smells burnt.Happened all of the sudden. No sign of any leakage.
    Thanks

  • rod7352 Jul 21, 2009

    I just drove the car for the first time since this started. After backing out of the parking spot, the resistance went away. I drove 7 miles home with 6 turns and it didn't act up once. While going down the driveway, I turned the wheel back and forth and it did it again. I heard a faint whine, I presume from the pump. It sure seems to be related to low RPM.

  • rod7352 Jul 22, 2009

    I replaced the fluid (evacuated, filled, ran) 4 times.It actually seemed to put even more resistance on it while attempting to turn the wheel to the left.I can hear the fluid making a shrill noise coming from the area below the brake booster. It sounds like the fluid is being pushed thru a restricted port.Again, I can drive this car down the road with no symptoms.As soon as you get in a parking lot or your driveway it refuses to turn left.

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It sounds like the belt is turning the pump so grease the pivot joints under the car.
It still could be a bad pump
Rack and pinion going (probably the problem)
If you installed wider tires it could cause this.
Or water in the PS fluid (also a likely problem).

Let me know how this turns out.



Benjamin

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    Benjamin Patri Jul 21, 2009

    Well then with what you just added, either a bad pump or water in the fluid I would think. I would try replacing the fluid first and see if some new stuff would help. It is cheapest method to start with.

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    Benjamin Patri Jul 22, 2009

    Either you have a loose belt or the pump is shot and needing replacement from what you just said.

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The problem you see in the fluid may be due to contaminants. To be sure you can have the power steering fluid drained out. Check the steering boot of it has tear or it can be due to oil seals that has degraded and is letting fluids in. There could also be a leak somewhere and a possibility that the tear or whole is small. The fluid may leak out from the power steering assembly and end up in the rubber boot or covering and may not spill on the outside which can still contaminate the system but still keep the fluid at a certain level. The leak or other issue could also be in one arm of the steering since you only find difficulty steering in one direction. There is loss in hydraulic pressure on that arm. Because of the age of the car I would advise to have the whole system checked as the other arm may fail because in the future as well.

If the difficulty in steering is not due to the loos of pressure you may want to check the tire pressure or alignment. Low tire pressure adds resistance when you steer.

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How many miles are on the vehicle? If its steering to the right normally most likely it isn't a pump problem. Most likely something is binding in the rack and pinion. Are you attempting to repair this yourself as this wouldn't be the easiest car repair. It's best to have it checked out by a mechanic as it could be very dangerous if something broke at high speeds. Let me know if you have other questions or need further assistance.
Thank you,
Lee

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