Power steering on 1996 Oldsmobile 98 Elite

Tiny
JEFFLUV98OLDS
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  • 1996 OLDSMOBILE 98
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 45 MILES
My 1996 oldsmobile 98 regency, 3.8L power steering keeps going out. Could it be the pump? The resivour is at the right leavel.
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Friday, July 15th, 2011 AT 5:41 PM

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Tiny
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Is it hard to steer in one direction, as opposed to the other? Is it a noise concern?
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Friday, July 15th, 2011 AT 5:48 PM
Tiny
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It's extreamly hard to steer in any direction, but turning left is the hardest. I can hear the pump whine if that means something.
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 AT 10:54 PM
Tiny
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If it is hard in both directions, that could indicate a total loss of pump pressure. Since a PS pressure gauge is almost unheard of, you have no real way of determining precisely what is causing the problem. If the hoses/lines are not kinked or damaged, I would replace the pump first.
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 2:10 AM
Tiny
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Thank you, I kinda thought that. Is there anywhere on this site to tell me how to replace it. Again, thanks.
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 9:40 AM
Tiny
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I can tell you with the best of my resources. Do you have access to a pulley remover and installer?

Removing/Installing Strut Housing Upper Tie Bar

Removing/Installing Power Steering Pump

Remove or Disconnect

Strut housing upper tie bar, as needed for access.
Pump drive belt(s).
Lower bolt to mounting bracket.
Power steering gear outlet and inlet hoses from pump.
Pump. On L36 and L67 engines, access pump area from beneath the engine. Transfer pulley, as needed.
Install or Connect

Hand-start the power steering gear inlet hose connection to pump.
Pump with pulley. Install and torque lower bolt first, and check that a clearance of 2 to 5 mm (0.080 to 0.200 inch) exists between hose and heater pipes as contact may cause noise after installation.
Power steering gear outlet hose to pump; hose must be routed outboard and under engine harness and heater hoses.
Tighten

Power steering gear inlet hose to pump, to 27 N.M (20 lb. Ft.).
Hose clamp at pump to 1.7 N.M (15 lb. In.).
Pump mounting bolts to 30 N.M (22 lb. Ft.).
Pump drive belt(s).
Strut housing upper tie bar, if removed. Tighten nuts to 25 Nm (18 lb. Ft.).
Fill and bleed system.
Inspect

For leaks.
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 AT 6:36 PM

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