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Old 10-29-2013, 12:30 PM
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A week ago I noticed when pulling into a parking lot my power steering was basically non existent. It hasn't gotten any better. The fluid level looked fine and when I'm driving it seems to work just fine. It's just when the rpm's are lower, basically at idling speed. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I could to to check things out. Is it possible there is air that got into things?

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I change my fluid every 100,000 miles, the old stuff looks dark. Seems to be fine after the change. However, if your belt isn't slipping, I think the pump may be failing.
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I just took the truck in this morning. Hopefully I'll get some answers on what the deal is this afternoon or tomorrow.
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Chances are it's the pump. The rack can go out, but is less likely. If it were the rack I don't believe that it would drive smooth.
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Chances are it's the pump. The rack can go out, but is less likely. If it were the rack I don't believe that it would drive smooth.
It was the pump. Thankfully my extended warranty covered about 2/3rds of the cost. They ended up going with a new style pump so I had to buy a new bracket and reservoir.
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Well, my steering pump went out AGAIN 2 weeks ago. Considering I just got it replaced 2 months ago I was pretty PO'd. It happened this time that the pump locked up and the pully snapped off when i was driving down the road so I lost the belt. I was an hour and 45 minutes away from home and I had to catch a flight in 4 hours. It was a pretty crappy Friday Evening.

I ended up getting it to a farm and left it there and had a buddy give me a ride to the air port. I got the truck towed to a local shop and they put a new pump in and said after getting it going again they noticed it was getting hot so they took it apart again and found some "foreign material" (some really small pieces of hose) restricting the flow of the fluid so that is probably why it was failing. They replaced the rack on it as well in case there was any more material in it so it wouldn't leave me stranded again.

Overall I was pretty happy with the guys who worked on it but it wasn't cheap. I could have maybe got by without the new rack but considering it made me miss a day of work I couldn't chance that of happening again especially since I am currently working 3 and a half hours from home.

Hopefully I don't have any more PS pump issues because damn they are frustrating!
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I had the same thing happen where the pully froze up and the belt snapped, crappy day man
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