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2004 Silverado Power steering

My 2004 Silverado power steering doesn't seem to work at low rpm/slow speeds, if I give it a little gas(increase rpm) it will work, the power steering fluid level is O.K., any ideas?

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Pump is starting to fail. Good news is that it isn't too hard to change. Hope this helps...

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Check the belt & tensioner & air up frt tires, replace pump last

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