1999 Chevy Tahoe V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 211, 00 miles
I recently replaced the power steering gear on my tahoe; at the same time I replaced the pitman arm and power steering hoses. After draining and refilling the pump with fresh fluid I tried to bleed the air from the system by first removing the coil wire and turning the engine over while turning the steering wheel back and forth, then did the same with the engine running, making sure to keep the pump full. At first the steering was easy, then it started to get more difficult to turn the wheel. On the test drive I noticed that the wheel is difficult to turn (maybe only 50% power steering) and that there is more play in the steering wheel than there was before changing the gear (wheel freely rotates 20-25 degrees back & forth). Does it sound like the stiffness is because there is still air in the system? How can I determine whether the PS pump has failed? Any way to adjust the free play out of the wheel or do I need to go through the trouble of getting and swapping out another rebuilt gear?
have the same problem?
Sunday, June 20th, 2010 AT 10:55 AM