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The power steering unit leaked all of the fluid out and also had to replace the Serpetine belt. The belt had about 1/8 in missing on the inside. After replacing both, the serpetine belt jumped one slot over on the altemator pulley and the air conditioning condensor pulley, causing the belt to wear off about 1/8 in. I had someone start the car, turn the steering wheel and noticed the power steering pulley slow and then came to a stop until the steering wheel was returned to center. Could this be an issue with the power steering rack causing problems wtih the flow of the power steering fluid?

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Yes you could have a problem in the rack or air in the system. Try filling the fluid and slowly turn the steering wheel back and forth and recheck fluid level. You may have to do this a couple of times to get all the air out, each time turn the steering wheel a little further till you can turn it the whole way each way. If you find no air the rack is probably startining a go bad and the belt wear is due to the belt jumping. Make sure the belt is tight if not the same thing can happen.

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SOUND LIKE POWER STEERING PUMP LOCKING UP WHICH CAUSING WORN SPOT IN BELT.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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    CHECK POWER STEERING HIGH PRESSURE HOSE FOR LEAKING REPLACE IT.BLEED THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.IF POWER STEERING PUMP PULLEY SPINS SLOW OR STOP TURNING MORE LIKE LACK OF FLUID COULD CAUSE PUMP DAMAGE.

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