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Old 06-26-2003, 03:05 PM   #1
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My power steering fluid level is full, but the steering wheel won't turn sitting still. Only when vehicle is in motion. Am I missing a bearing?
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My power steering fluid level is full, but the steering wheel won't turn sitting still. Only when vehicle is in motion. Am I missing a bearing?
The engine must be running to allow the Power Assist though!
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Ok, let me try this again. When I start the ignition, let the car warm up, everything is fine, BUT, when I want to turn the steering wheel to get out of a parking spot, I have a hard time like I ran out of power steering fliud. I Checked it and the level is fine. Got me so far? Now the only time I don't have the problem steering is when I am moving! I can't explain it no simpilar than that. OF COURSE THE CAR IS ON! I need to figure out why the steering wheel won't turn easy when stationary.
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Ok, let me try this again. When I start the ignition, let the car warm up, everything is fine, BUT, when I want to turn the steering wheel to get out of a parking spot, I have a hard time like I ran out of power steering fliud. I Checked it and the level is fine. Got me so far? Now the only time I don't have the problem steering is when I am moving! I can't explain it no simpilar than that. OF COURSE THE CAR IS ON! I need to figure out why the steering wheel won't turn easy when stationary.
Weak P/* Pump? Restricted or blockage in the line? How dirty is the fluid? Did you have the system bled recently? How about the system flushed out?
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None of that has been done yet.
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I just had that problem. At a dead stop you can't turn the wheel at all, but once you start moving a little it turns with ease. I had to have my steering pump and rack replaced and it works fine. Does it whine or make a lot of noises when you try to turn?
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O ya, when I did check my fluid it smelled burnt, take the cap off and smell the little stick.
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im glad this was brought up...at idel in park or drive or whatever when i go to turn the wheel is whines a bit and rattles the whole car like its struggling to turn the front tires...but once the rpms are around 1500 its all good back to normal..if i wanted to flush the system my self how would i do this..?
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Ok, let me try this again. When I start the ignition, let the car warm up, everything is fine, BUT, when I want to turn the steering wheel to get out of a parking spot, I have a hard time like I ran out of power steering fliud. I Checked it and the level is fine. Got me so far? Now the only time I don't have the problem steering is when I am moving! I can't explain it no simpilar than that. OF COURSE THE CAR IS ON! I need to figure out why the steering wheel won't turn easy when stationary.
What an "a" hole. Rat was just trying to help. If he seems sarcastic... hes not.
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What an "a" hole. Rat was just trying to help. If he seems sarcastic... hes not.
That'* okay Kuhl, some people forget the obvious, so I thought I would mention it.

Getting back at the problem at hand though....If none of the things I mentioned have been done >>>>
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Weak P/* Pump? Restricted or blockage in the line? How dirty is the fluid? Did you have the system bled recently? How about the system flushed out?
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None of that has been done yet.
Then start there first! By ruling out these options (System Bleed & System Flush), you can determine if a new Rack & Pinion or P/* Pump is warranted or not before spending the money for it to then find out is was just a blockage or something cheaper!
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