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Vauxhall vivaro van, the power steering not working and it feels

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vauxhall vivaro van, the power steering not working and it feels really heavy to turn, i could'nt drive it out my street tonight.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: UK Car
Expert:  UK MOTOR TRADER replied 7 years ago.
Apart from any obvious pipe leaks, unfortunately it's most likely to be a complete failure of the pump, this will have to be replaced. It's a comon problem on these, a new pump is just over £150 from the dealers but there are plenty of second hand ones available, if you go down this route the Renault Traffic is the same pump.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
What kind of pump needs replaced?
Expert:  UK MOTOR TRADER replied 7 years ago.

I should have mentioned to make sure the belt is intact and on the pump pulley as this would also cause the problem but i doubt it's that, It's the power steering pump, it's driven off a belt by a pulley, there are pipes going into it which lead to your steering rack and resevoir. It's diy'able just a bit messy. Disconnect the pipes first (just at the pump) then slacken the belt tensioner and remove the belt, then remove the bolts securing the pump. Refitting is a reverse of removal then top up the resevoir and start engine, move wheel from lock to lock then check fluid level. If you search ebay for a vivaro pump you should find a picture of one, If reliability is a must buy a new one, but if you don't mind getting your hands dirty a used one may last however long you're keeping the van.