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I replaced the hydro boost on my 2000 2500 silverado because the original one was leaking.since then the brakes seem to have no power or boost.i purchased the reman. from o'reileys.do you think the reman hydro boost is no good or is there something else i need to check.mark

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It could be defective it just gets install make sure you have enough power steering fluid at the power steering pump, I have tow trucks with hydro boosters and they just get install and that's it. return it and get another one.Hope this was very helpful.

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Observe the following:



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  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
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  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

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