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Old 12-03-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Power steering problems! Help!

I need some help with my car's power steering! While driving it feels like I loose all power steering, then regain it. Sometimes it's fine turning to one side but not so much on the other. I have parts of lines upgraded to stainless steel brake lines.

There are no air bubbles in line, good flow, no leaks as well. Any ideas on the next step?

What to check?
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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Belt slipping or 8 yr old pump
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Belt slipping or 8 yr old pump
you think? even if the belt was replaced last summer? looks like healthy flow as well?
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:54 PM   #4
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You have parts of your power steering system upgraded to stainless steel brake lines?

It could be the pump, could be a belt in need of adjustment, could be a bad rack, could be bad fluid. What to check? The entire system.....
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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You have parts of your power steering system upgraded to stainless steel brake lines?

It could be the pump, could be a belt in need of adjustment, could be a bad rack, could be bad fluid. What to check? The entire system.....
yeah the lines busted last summer, the shop i take it to said they could replace them with steel brake lines for a cheap and efficient fix.

I've checked all lines from pump to rack, there where no leaks.
I believe there is good flow from the pump.

In dis belief I checked the belt, it seemed to have minor to no play. I tightened it just a bit to eliminate any kind of play there could be.

Drove it for 15 minutes with no problems, tomorrow the drive to work and back will show if it was the true problem or not.

Kudos to the input on the belt!


Will update tomorrow
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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Belt check is easiest and cheapest. Doesn't matter if it's new only if it's tight. Are you sure there's no air in system? Have you checked it or taken shops word for it. They did the work, maybe ask them to double check it. What fluid did they use?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:58 PM   #7
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Belt check is easiest and cheapest. Doesn't matter if it's new only if it's tight. Are you sure there's no air in system? Have you checked it or taken shops word for it. They did the work, maybe ask them to double check it. What fluid did they use?
I had it at the shop this morning, they verified the lines and flushed the fluid. They were stumped and thought it could be a bad steering rack.

I had a hard time thinking my steering rack would randomly go up, also heard 04 have one of the strongest steering racks.

Once getting home I re checked everything they had done to ensure. Even took the top off the tank and spun the wheel to let out any air. After following all lines to the steering rack, not seeing anything out of the normal. I had decided to do what you suggested!


After you mentioned the belt I did remember I pulled the Alt off to install my oil pressure sensor about a week ago, I guess i didnt torque it enough!
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #9
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anyone still following, the belt tightening was not the fix. U joint went bad
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Do you have the right power steering fluid??What kind?
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