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Power Steering problem when hot and @ idle

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I have 3.8 supercharged grand prix & i changed a leaking pump. she drove it bone dry for awhile i think. Now i have changed the pump twice thinking it was a bad pump tht i put on & flushed the system so as to get rid of any metal debree. SO the problem is it has noise coming out of the pump when the car at idle, when turning, also hard steering, almost like no power assist when trying to park. but it is fine steering as long as your giving it gas.

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Chris (aka-Moose) replied 3 years ago.

Hello, I'm Chris. Thanks for visiting Just Answer.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

HI No worries I am in need of help. I dont want to rate you bad. So as long as you keep responding to me untill you say i can not help you then i will rate you good weather we fix it or not. If you just disappear like the last guy & tell me nothing then i will rate you bad, deal? JUst tell me i dont know scram I would be happier with that then just ignoring while your online.


So anyways. So did you read my question? What do you think how can i clarify more to help you understand my problem?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i may be making this too hard. I think it does have the problem all the time. SO how do i put a vacuum on the system i have an ac hand held vacuum can i use that? I have never used a vacuum except to vacuum bleed brakes a long time ago so maybe i do need to just get all the air out


Expert:  Chris (aka-Moose) replied 3 years ago.

Since the system was ran dry this means the pump distributed all kinds of metal through out the system. When this occurs the rack and pump need to be replaced together. While there out the lines need to be flushed forwards and backwards using brake cleaner and compressed air. Once all is clean install the new parts and fluid. Start the vehicle and steer left to right from stop to stop a few times then adjust the fluid level. Next place a hand held vacuum pump on the P/S and pull the system into a 15 hg vacuum while running and steering left to right to pull the air out.


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