Mechanics

POWER STEERING REPLACEMENT

GMC Savana

I have a 97 GMC Savana van, 5.7 L. It has well over 200K miles on it, and we try to keep it up like new. This past 8 months we have drained savings to do so, with A/C, front end and other major repairs. We do love the car, and it does not use a drop of oil, tranny is good (rebuilt about 3 years ago). Anyway, after spending all this money, the power steering pump started making noises turning right and left, upon startup. After 5 minutes the noise ceased. One repair facility said it was the small check valves inside, and they were sticking, so they use some secret PS fluid that had teflon in it, and after a week or so, the noise stopped, then about a month later started again, although it still goes away after 5 mins of startup. We decided to go ahead and replace the pump, but we (I) decided to do it myself. : (
Now the van is torn apart, and I bought a replacement pump, at which time I found out that this vehicle has an EVO system, (electronic variable orifice) which appears to be a solenoid type setup at the high pressure hose connection. No parts houses in town stocks the pump/resevoir/EVO setup, only the pump and resevoir. I am not prone to cheap it, and re-install the old EVO valve, as it might be the culprit making the noise. Any feedback/reinforcment of this decision would be appreciated. My option is to wait 3-4 days for one to be shipped in from Kansas City.
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Savanadenny
September 3, 2007.



Was the steering leaking, working? Why fix it if it ain't broke?

Merlin2021
Sep 3, 2007.
Thanks for the question. Yes it worked, but since I use the van (conversion van) for business, the noise was driving me and clients crazy. A dealer could not diagnose it, said they had never heard it before. Only the second repair facility guessed and got it right.
Anyway, I still need advice or comment on the EVO unit. I do not have a clue how it works, or if it could even be the culprit. Just looking for someone with knowledge to give me an opinion.

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Savanadenny
Sep 3, 2007.
OK how about a used one? This sounds like a new type muffler system for steering hoses, If you think you really need it, I guess you'll have to order it!

Merlin2021
Sep 4, 2007.