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Username Post: No steering assist after steering-gear-swap.        (Topic#357025)
Posts: 279
Loc: Kelowna BC
Reg: 11-23-07
06-29-19 06:12 PM - Post#2769535    

Put in an AC Delco reman steering-gear, pitman arm and idler arm.

Topped the fluid to full cold started the truck, suck it down, topped it up. Did this over and over again.

Tons of bubbles, had some whining from the pump, topped it up. Took it for a drive and felt kinda wonky but still had good power steering assist.

Brought it back, top it up and then F'N assist stop working.

Fluid is topped, no whining anymore but, only have strong-arm-steering!!!

Pump gone now maybe?

Going to take it to a mechanic and have him put maybe a new pump in. They are cheap enough at $100 or so.

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Loc: Northeast CT
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06-29-19 06:39 PM - Post#2769540    
    In response to chevrolet_kelowna

The reman steering boxes are junk. I got 3 in a row that didn't work. I bought all from After the third one, I found a company called and it worked flawlessly out of the box. Not the least expensive but worth every penny! ...

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.

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Loc: Kelowna BC
Reg: 11-23-07
06-29-19 09:49 PM - Post#2769552    
    In response to junky

Damn really, that steering gear is like a 4 hour job the 1st time. I'm sure I could do an hour out/an hour in now.

How did you determine the steering box was junk and not the pump?

ACDELCO 36G0121 {#19321376} (Remanufactured) Professional; Remanufactured Info
GAS; Power Steering; w/ 8600lb. GVW (C6P)

Wasnm't cheap $345.00 then gotta send the core back.

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Loc: Lake George, NY
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06-30-19 04:40 AM - Post#2769561    
    In response to chevrolet_kelowna

Test the pump pressure first.

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07-07-19 02:39 PM - Post#2770135    
    In response to chevrolet_kelowna

The proper way to bleed a steering system is to have the front on jackstands and work the steering back and forth. Someotherguy has posted the specifics before. I think it was in the form of a TSB.

Also my ACDelco reman steering box has been short lived. It's still in service but it only lasted a few years before it started developing slop.

99 K3500 RCLB

Posts: 279
Loc: Kelowna BC
Reg: 11-23-07
07-16-19 10:50 PM - Post#2770878    
    In response to 454cid


Took the truck to the mechanic, right away calls back and says the new/reman steering gear is crap.

Changes it and turns out it was the power steering pump.

We should have only turned the truck on for 1 second for it to suck down the fluid. Instead we just kept the truck running and adding fluid.

At one point the pump started whining, even though it had fluid, then quit during the procedure.

I would suggest reading the step-by-step procedure in the Chilton Manual regarding bleeding the power steering pump.

Edited by chevrolet_kelowna on 07-23-19 08:27 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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