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1998 Chevy Malibu: the power steering went out on it

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I have a 1998 Chevy Malibu and the power steering went out on it. What are the potential causes and what is the range of cost that I might be looking at to get it fixed?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Dan replied 8 years ago.
What size engine? Thanks
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Expert:  Dan replied 8 years ago.

This is caused by a failed power steering pump. The pump costs about $200 new and takes 1.5 hours shop rate to replace. You can buy the part used from your local salvage yard for around $50 and install it yourself to save some money. Here are installation instructions. Let me know if you need anything. Thanks


On-Vehicle Service


  1. Belt.
  2. Nut from bracket retaining hose on alternator.
  3. Engine mount.
  4. Pump bolts (3) to ease pump line removal.
  5. Lines at pump.
  6. Transfer pulley (if necessary).


  1. Lines at pump. Tighten
    • Power steering gear inlet pipe to pump to 27 Nm (20 ft. lbs.) .
  1. Pump (3) bolts. Tighten
    • Pump mounting bolts to 34 Nm (25 ft. lbs.) .
  1. Belt.
  2. Engine mount.
  3. Nut to bracket retaining hose on alternator.
  4. Fill with fluid and bleed air from power steering system.
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