2000 Chevy Astro loss of power brakes and steering at same t

Tiny
FORWARD65
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO
Brakes problem
2000 Chevy Astro V6 All Wheel Drive Automatic 148000 miles

Lost power brakes and steering at the same time today when slightly stuck in about 6 inches of new snow. I have been running with just rear wheel drive as I had to remove the front drive shaft from transmission to front diff as the full volicity joint went bad and I did not have the money to replace it yet. What might be wrong and/ or what part may have caused this problem? I would like to know also if the part can be repaired as opposed to buying the whole new thing. I haven't had time to recover from the first problem and now have another! Thanks for your help.
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 AT 5:04 PM

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Tiny
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This van uses hydraulic fluid (power steering fluid) to power the brake booster. If the fluid is low or the pump fails you will loose both power brakes and steering. I would also check to make sure the belt is not slipping due to a bad belt tensioner.

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OTBlvr52
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Sunday, December 16th, 2007 AT 11:06 AM
Tiny
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My 96 had a similar issue I changed the power steering pump and all is fine now.

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Chubber22
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Saturday, December 29th, 2007 AT 1:16 PM

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