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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Re: power steering quit. suddenly
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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Either the "key lock " is broken, or you have the wrong key, or the steering wheel is in a bind.
Usually, the problem is # 3.
To fix it, either you or someone else needs to pull the steering wheel to the right or left until the key will turn.
One person pulls the wheel right of left whilst the other tries to turn the ignition key.
Do not force the key, but it is OK to tug the steering wheel.
This might take a little muscle.
If your front wheel is up against a curb, or something, this can happen.
God bless your efforts.
your steering wheel has tension on it - are your front wheels parked against a curb or were you turning your steering wheel while you shut off the car? Try pulling hard left and turning the key. If that doesn't work, pull hard right while turning the key. You may have to pull really hard if you are a smaller person.
This is a very common situation that arises when the steering-lock mechanism binds, it is usually because the wheels are jammed against the curb. Follow the instructions below to solve the issue:-- 1) First of all make sure that the transmission is in park. Set the parking brake to prevent the car from rolling farther against the curb 2) Pull hard on the steering wheel while turning it in both directions. This will normally free the wheel, but if it does not help. then, 3) Release the parking brake and put the transmission in neutral. Let up on the foot pedal just enough to rock the car slightly.and now turn the steering wheel again. this time the key should turn now. Thanks. you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.
check your power steering belt. it may have broke or slipped off the pulley. if it seems ok check your fluid level. if it is still at normal operating level for hot or cold then your power steering pump may have just seized up and you may have to replace it.