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Username Post: Lost Power Steering        (Topic#341833)
RAM_51 
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RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
01-11-17 06:41 PM - Post#2670645    

This is for you power steering experts. The car is actually a 1995 Olds with a 3800. I'm assuming a Chevrolet of this year is pretty much the same thing. In any regard I got stuck in some snow yesterday and in my efforts to get the car out the steering became a little stiff. I initially, while still stuck, wrote it off to snow being in the wheel wells. I got the car out, but the steering did not get much easier, if any at all. I checked the reservoir the next morning and the fluid was still reading on the dip stick but was low...but wasn't sure how warm it was as the car had been sitting for about an hour after my drive to work. I added about a quarter cup and could see it wasn't dry but still need to do an accurate check on the dip stick. Steering is still difficult at low speeds and really hasn't shown any improvement. Advice?

1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 




RAM_51 
"3rd Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 5315
RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
01-12-17 05:48 PM - Post#2670814    
    In response to RAM_51

Well, I see that 27 folks looked at this post at this writing and did not respond either because they didn't know what to say exactly, where not knowledgeable, or did not want to share any knowledge that they may have had. So, I will provide an update.

I called a local trustworthy repair shop and talked with the technician after verifying that indeed the reservoir was full. He asked if I could see any movement of the fluid in the reservoir with the engine running. There was none to which he said that it is an indication that the pump is probably no longer working and the culprit. He said that if I continue to drive the car in this condition, the next link in the chain to go in the system is the rack. He did mention that if the pump showed signs of life however and it is still difficult to steer, it is an indication that the rack has gone bad and continuing to drive it would cause no further harm.

That said the car goes into the shop in the morning and will cost in the neighborhood of about $300 to repair. Keeping my fingers crossed that the rack is still okay. This car was a gift but has proven to be quite full of gremlins - - from power window malfunctions to power antenna failures - - to say nothing of recurring turn signal problems.



1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
"3rd Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 5315
RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
01-13-17 05:19 PM - Post#2671003    
    In response to RAM_51

An additional update: The entire system: pump, rack and hoses are shot.... $700+ to repair. I'm just gonna strong arm the car until I can get some wrecking yard parts. I know where another '95 88 Royale is in a local wrecking yard sitting on top of another car which provides easy access to the rack...ya gotta love this!

1951 Fleetline
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 




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