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Power steering quit. suddenly

Was pulled against a curb with close clearance behind me. cut wheel hard left to pull up on a curb to allow backing and turning . did not climb curb and when I began to back up and crank wheels right had lost all use of power steering. 1999GMC half t 4X4.

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Ok real common. get your vin and call your local gm dealer. there is a recall on these and express vans, under hard load, the input shaft to the pump shears internally. to check, dont disasemble anything, put a pry bar behind pump pulley, pry lighty it will slide in and out, all the way if you keep pulling. i hope your covered for a free one its an old recall. good luck!

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