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Power steering is stiff after cold start but turns on after and driving for 15 minutes and restarting the engine

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Possible pressure relief valve is sticking.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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Power steering stiff after recon steering turns pump works steering stay stiff and hard no power steering even if you start the engine


Check the drive belt to the power steering pump and the level of fluid in the power steering reservoir.

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My power steering was fine then suddenly it started to go stiff and then a slight whine when turning the wheel. refilled the power steering fluid, it took a whole 1 litre jug and was fine for a few...


It should like you may have a leak if it took a whole litre. Once you fix the leak you may also find the power steering pump still makes noise. This can be repaired by replacing the pump. I hope this helps.

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Power steering pump replaced, start to work ok, after 10 milles driving, steering wheel is hard, like pump is not working, under hood everything look ok.


YOU HAVE AIR IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.YOU NEED TO BLEED POWER STEERING PUMP FIRST BEFORE DRIVING VECHICLE.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL ADD MORE POWER STEERING UNTIL REACH FULL COLD MARK..RAISE VECHICLE FRONT WHEELS OFF THE GROUND.START ENGINE LET IT IDLE WHILE TURNING STEERING WHEEL LEFT TO RIGHT NON STOP DONT LOCK OR STOP STEERING WHEEL KEEP TURNING IT SEVERAL TIMES CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID IF LOW ADD UNTIL YOU GET COLD MARK ON DIP STICK DONT OVER FILL POWER STEERING PUMP BLOW A SEAL.IF POWER STEERING FLUID LOOK TAN COLOR SYSTEM FULL OF AIR.TURN OFF IGNITION LET CAR SET FOR A WHILE CHECK FLUID LEVEL.IF STEERING WHEEL FEEL STIFF HARD TURNING DONT DRIVE CAR UNTIL YOU HAVE NORMAL STEERING.IF STILL HAVE AIR IN SYSTEM BLEED SYSTEM UNTIL AIR IS OUT.

Feb 25, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Power steering is stiff when first start up


Have you checked the steering fluid? If that is good, it may be the pump

Feb 23, 2011 | 2001 Mercury Villager

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How to repair a power steering pump hyundai coupe 1996


SIPHON OUT POWER STEERING FLUID.USING A HAND PUMP SIPHON TYPE YOU BUY AT ANY AUTO PARTS STORES.PLACE DRAIN PAN UNDER CAR NEAR POWER STEERING PUMP CATCH FLUID WHEN YOU REMOVE POWER STEERING LINES AT THE PUMP.REMOVE DRIVE BELT.THEN REMOVE POWER STEERING PUMP.YOU NEED TO TAKE OLD PUMP WITH YOU.TAKE NEW PUMP AND OLD PUMP TO MACHINE SHOP THEY WILL REMOVE POWER STEERING PUMP PULLEY FROM THE OLD PUMP TRANSFER PULLEY TO THE NEW POWER STEERING PUMP YOU NEED TO BUY NEW POWER.STEERING HOSES O RINGS TO GO ON NEW POWER STEERING PUMP.HOSES THE OLD ORINGS WILL LEAK. THEN TAKE NEW POWER STEERING PUMP ON INSTALL IN VECHICLE THEN BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM.FILL POWER STEERING PUMP UP NEW FLUID.WAIT FEW MINUTES.WHEN LEVEL DROP ADD MORE FLUID UNTIL YOU GET TO FULL COLD MARK.START ENGINE 15 SECONDS SHUT OFF CHECK FOR LEAKS. NOW CHECK POWER STEERING AGAIN ADD TO FULL COLD MARK.NOW RAISE FRONT WHEELS OFF GROUND.START ENGINES TURN STEERING LEFT TO RIGHT WITH OUT STOPPING IT DO SEVERAL TIMES THEN CHECK FLUID.ADD TO THE COLD MARK DONT OVER FILL.IF FLUID LOOKS TAN HAS AIR BUBBLES IN SYSTEM WAIT A WHILE UNTIL FLUID SETTLE CHECK FLUID LEVEL.DONT DRIVE VECHICLE UNTIL STEERING FEELS NORMAL.AND IF YOU HEAR NOISES.LOCATE PROBLEM FIX BEFORE DRIVING VECHICLE.

Jan 24, 2011 | Hyundai Genesis Coupe Cars & Trucks

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Changeing a power steering pump


CHANGING POWER STEERING PUMP YOU HAVE TO PLACE A DRAIN PAN UNDER THE VECHICLE. SIPHON OUT POWER STEERING FLUID WITH A SIPHONER DONT USE YOUR MOUTH TO SIPHON SWALLOWING POWER STEERING FLUID CAN BE FATAL MAKE YOU SICK.WHEN ALL POWER STEERING FLUID IS REMOVED FROM POWER STEERING PUMP.REMOVE DRIVE BELT.THEN REMOVE THE POWER STEERING PUMP.THEN YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE POWER STEERING PUMP PULLEY THE NEW POWER STEERING PUMP DONT HAVE A PULLEY YOU HAVE TO HAVE REMOVE PULLEY FROM THE OLD POWER STEERING PUMP.YOU NEED A PUMP PULLEY REMOVER AND A PULLEY INSTALLER.YOU CAN TAKE OLD POWER STEERING PUMP AND NEW POWER STEERING PUMP TO A MACHINE SHOP.THEY WILL REMOVE PULLEY OFF OLD PUMP PRESS IT ON NEW POWER STEERING PUMP.THAT WOULD BE CHEAPER THAN BUYING THE PULLER AND INSTALLER.GO TO AUTO PARTS STORE BUY NEW HIGH PRESSURE LINE O RING GOES TO PRESSURE LINE GOING INTO POWER STEERING PUMP.ONCE YOU GET NEW PUMP READY PULLEY BEEN PRESSED ON.TAKE POWER STEERING PUMP HOME PUT IT ON. BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM.WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU GET NEW PUMP INSTALLED HIGH PRESSURE LINE IN PLACE.PUMP BOLTED IN DRIVE BELT ON POUR POWER STEERING FLUID IN POWER STEERING PUMP UNTIL FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING AND YOUR LEVEL ON POWER STEERING DIP STICK AT COLD LEVEL.NOW START CAR UP LET IT IDLE FOR 3 MINUTES.THEN TURN OFF ENGINE CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID IF FLUID LEVEL DROP ADD LITTLE MORE UNTIL LEVEL ON DIP STICK ON COLD MARK DONT OVER FILL.NOW SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT FRONT OF VECHICLE. START THE ENGINE.TURN STEERING WHEEL FROM ALL THE WAY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT DONT STOP LOCK WHEEL .GO LEFT TO RIGHT SEVERAL TIMES.THEN TURN OFF ENGINE CHECK FLUID LEVEL.IF ALL IS GOOD LET VECHICLE BACK DOWN LET IT SIT FOR A WHILE CHECK FLUID AGAIN.DONT DRIVE VECHICLE IF POWER STEERING PUMP MAKE NOISES OR YOUR STEERING FEEL STIFF HARD TO TURN.JUST MAKE SURE FLUID LEVEL RIGHT AND DRIVE BELT TIGHT GOOD LUCK.

Nov 02, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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WeMy power steering fluid was leaking I tool it to the shop they told me It was the pump so I brought a new pump and got It put in and now I still cant turn my steering wheel


HEY DO THIS,YOU NEED TO BLEED SYSTEM. TO BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM.TO DO THIS.FILL THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR TO COLD FULL MARK ON DIP STICK.WAIT A FEW MINITES,FLUID LEVEL DROP ADD MORE FLUID UNTIL REACH COLD MARK ON THE DIP STICK..WAIT FEW MINUTES.START ENGINE LET IT RUN FOR 2 OR 3 SECONDS.TURN OFF ENGINE CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID ADD MORE FLUID.DO THIS UNTIL FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING.WHEN FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING.SAFELY RAISE FRONT OF THE VECHICLE UNTIL FRONT WHEELS DONT TOUCH THE GROUND.START ENGINE UP.TURN THE STEERING WHEEL GENTLY FROM STOP TO STOP,CHECK THE RESERVOIR FLUID LEVEL LOOKS GOOD TURN OFF ENGINE LOWER VECHICLE .LOWER VECHICLE TO GROUND. LET VECHICLE SET FOR 2 MINUTES CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL.IF STILL LOW ADD LITTLE MORE.TO THE COLD FULL MARK ON DIP STICK. DONT OVER FILL BECAUSE FLUID LEVEL RISES WHEN IT GET HOT.WHEN DONE IF STEERING WHEEL STILL FEEL HARD TO TURN YOU SEE AIR BUBBLES IN FLUID THATS WHEN FLUID HAS A TAN LOOKING COLOR WAIT 5 MINUTES AND.REPEAT THE BLEEDING PROCESS. DONT DRIVE OR OPERATE VECHICLE ON HIGHWAY UNTIL POWER STEERING HAS NORMAL OPERATION.

Sep 26, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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I have had the power steering pump replaced on my 99 pontiac grand prix, since then it has had no problems with power steering for about two months......then all of a sudden its making that whining noise...


YOU NEED TO BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM BY HAVING LOW FLUID AIR ENTER THE SYSTEM.PARK CAR ON SOLID LEVEL GROUND SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT VECHICLE ON JACK STANDS.YOU CAN LEAVE CAR ON GROUND BUT TURNING STEERING WHEELS BACK AND FORTH WILL WEAR SPOT IN TIRES.TURN STEERING WHEEL TO THE LEFT WITH THE ENGINE OFF.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID.ADD MORE FLUID IF LOW.MAKE SURE FLUID LEVEL ON COLD MARK ON DIP STICK.THE YOU CRANK CAR UP LET IDLE LITTLE HIGH FOR 15 SECONDS.THEN TURN OFF ENGINE.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL MAKE SURE ITS ON COLD MARK AT DIP STICK.THEN YOU START THE CAR UP WHILE IDLING TURN STEERING WHEEL IN BOTH DIRECTIONS SLOWLY TO THE STOPS DONT HOLD IN STOP TURN STEERING WHEEL LEFT AND RIGHT FOR SEVERAL TURNS.STOP ENGINE CHECK FLUID IF FLUID TAN STILL HAS AIR IN SYSTEM.LET CAR SET A LITTLE WHILE TRY THE BLEEDING PROCEDURE AGAIN.THERE IS A REASON POWER STEERING FLUID WAS LOW CHECK ALL POWER STEERING HOSES AT POWER STEERING PUMP TO THE RACK PINION ASSEMBLY.

Jun 13, 2010 | 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

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Accelerator needs pumping 3 times to start when cold engine low on power engine suffocates and jerks under full throttle, especially when cold sometimes emits a black smoke when being run hard.


Yeah, you have a blaster, I means a leaky oil valve seal and when turning it of after driving you can rev the engine up a bit then immediately turn ignition off, this will leave enough fuel in fuel line when started the next day. Good?

May 04, 2010 | 1989 Toyota Corolla 2 Door

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