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power steering problem

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big83chevy4x4, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    a while back i had a problem with my power steering, it wouldbe very jerky when moving slow and stopped at anything under 1000 rpm. i put a new pump on it about a month ago and it worked fine. a few days ago it started doing the same thing. i thought maybe the fluid was low, it was alittle, but not much.

    any one ever heard of a PS box going bad, not giving hardly any assist? its one of the only things that i don't have a spare of, so i can't just swap it to find out, ill have to buy a new/junk yard one.
     
  2. 85HeartBurb

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    I just looked at the rebuild kit i have i guess if it is not assisting the o-rings on the inside could be bad and it is letting the pressure bypass within it self but this is my first rebuild kit so JMO:rolleyes:
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Double check that your belt hasn't loosened up.
     
  4. diesel4me

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    old hoses??

    I've seen old P/S pressure hoses swell up inside and block the flow of fluid at low rpm's before,especially if they had a sharp bend or a kinked section.....is the hose old and original??... ..its cheaper to try first than another steering box..:crazy:
     
  5. big83chevy4x4

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    that was the first thing i checked, it was loose, i had no assist at all, tightened it up and now i have assist at higher rpms. it squeeks sparadicly when at low rpm and turning. its as tight as i can get it. it did the same thing as before, with the old pump.

    as far as i know, the hose is original to the truck, no sharp bends or kinks. i can get a used box or a new pressure line (return is new when i put the new pump on, had a leak) for the same price. its just more work to replace the box. it didn't do it for a month with the new pump, which is makeing me wonder what it is. the pump has a life time warrenty, but doing the same exact thing, so i don't think its the pump.

    ill probably go get a used box and a pressure line that is on the box and try it, i can always buy a new line.
     
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    Needs a pump. My daughters did the same thing.
     
  7. big83chevy4x4

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    the pump is brand new, a few day over a month old:1zhelp:
     
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    If it's V-belt driven, the belt could be glazed. I've had V-belts that looked fine, but they wouldn't drive properly because they were slipping on the pulley. A new belt and all symptoms disappeared. :)
     
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    The first one replaced only lasted 3 days. Check the belt like the post above.
     
  10. big83chevy4x4

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    i do have a spare belt, ill try that later today.

    i know it could be a bad pump, but it just seems unlikely. plus i don't want to have to drive almost 50 miles to get it warrentied and find out that that wasn't it.
     
  11. goldwing2000

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    I'm leaning towards belt, too.

    Mine does that exact same thing and I know the belt is loose. The PO installed headers and didn't do anything to support the back of the pump bracket, so it just springs back and forth.
     
  12. 4X4HIGH

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    It sounds like your new pump went bad. That is the syptoms of a bad pump.
     

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