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I have a 1998 trans am the power steering is real hard to turn.i've changed the pump, the rack in pinon ,checked hoses belts,and it still wont work.does any one no might i might be looking over?

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  • mel19761 Jul 29, 2009

    ok thanks will try ,and post back later to tell if it work or not.

  • mel19761 Jul 31, 2009

    there was nothing jamming it..i've tried everything i can possibly think of.everything is brand new now..this all started because i had a leak on the pump.so i went and bought a new pump.i put the new pump on and it wouldnt even pump.i've put 4 new pumps on there and new rack in pinon new hoses.if anyone has a clue please let no..

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You have air in the lines since replacing pumps

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Check the steering coloum shaft and the knuckle at the bottom of the coloum. to make sure nothing is jamming it.

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    Peter Jul 31, 2009

    Hi mate, Well from what you have said! the only think what springs to my mind is.... that the weight of the car is resting to much on the front of the car, which in turn is making your steering heavy is the suspension struts. have weaken and let the weight move forward, and making the car unbalanced.

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