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The power steering has been slugish and making a noise after driving for a length amount of time. Yes the fluids have been checked and is full.

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What noise you hearing , are hearing it from the power steering pump, will if is that -- that mean the pump is bad --- it going

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Before replacing power steering pump try replacing all of the fluid - it will probably look almost black in color. New fluid is almost clear. Removie a line on the power steering heat exchanger mounted on the cross brace under and behind the engine. Drain all the oil and then refill - with engine running turn steering wheel full to right and left to circulate the fluid - top off to the
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you may have a pressure problem or the belt could be slipping,check the belt tension if the belt is tight you may have to have the pressure checked by qualified personnel......hope this helps.....cheers

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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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Observe the following:



Use clean, new power steering fluid type only Hoses touching the frame, body or engine may cause system noise. Verify that the hoses do not touch any other part of the vehicle. Loose connections may not leak, but could allow air into the steering system. Verify that all hose connections are tight.
NOTE Power steering fluid level must be maintained throughout bleed procedure.
  1. Fill pump reservoir with fluid to minimum system level, FULL COLD level, or middle of hash mark on cap stick fluid level indicator.
    NOTE With hydro-boost only, the oil level will appear falsely high if the hydro-boost accumulator is not fully charged. Do not apply the brake pedal with the engine OFF . This will discharge the hydro-boost accumulator.
  2. If equipped with hydro-boost, fully charge the hydro-boost accumulator using the following procedure:
    1. Start the engine.
    2. Firmly apply the brake pedal 10-15 times.
    3. Turn the engine OFF

  3. Raise the vehicle until the front wheels are off the ground.
  4. With key in the ON position and the engine OFF , turn the steering wheel from stop to stop 12 times. Vehicles equipped with hydro-boost systems or longer length power steering hoses may require turns up to 15 to 20 stop to stops.
  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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you may have a pressure problem or the belt could be slipping,check the belt tension if the belt is tight you may have to have the pressure checked by qualified personnel......hope this helps.....cheers

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