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Old 11-14-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Think my power steering pump is going out.

Checked the fluid level, its good. No apparent leaks, no whines that I can hear. I've gotten to the point that I have to use two hands now at a stop, or slow turn.

Any ideas?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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I could probably figure it out, but its dark now and I'm not going to worry about it until I get back in a few weeks. If I flush it, where would I be finding a drain plug, or should I just pull off the hose on the bottom of the resi?
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I'd be suspect of the lower column u-joint seizing, rather than a pump or rack issue. I've heard of half a dozen cases of this so far, appearantly they aren't sealed very well, aren't greasable, or replaceable. The lower steering shaft has to be replaced, but some penetrating lube helps temporarily to determine if thats your issue, just soak it, and see if things improve. If it does, replace the shaft.
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I'd be suspect of the lower column u-joint seizing, rather than a pump or rack issue. I've heard of half a dozen cases of this so far, appearantly they aren't sealed very well, aren't greasable, or replaceable. The lower steering shaft has to be replaced, but some penetrating lube helps temporarily to determine if thats your issue, just soak it, and see if things improve. If it does, replace the shaft.
That was the problem with mine. i've actually had luck so far just pulling that rubber sheath or whatever it is up and spraying it with grease. i do that a couple times a year and it works well.
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OP im having the exact same problem... did you get it resolved?
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I was having the same issue and doused my lower u-joint with white lithium grease - FIXED!!!!! I'll include this with my oil changes - thanks guys
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