2000 Dodge Dakota Power Steering not working

Tiny
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  • 2000 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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  • 47,000 MILES
I was messing around in the snow with my truck and all of a sudden the power steering stopped working. I tried shutting the truck off and turning it back on, and that didn't work. There is plenty of fluid in the pump.
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 10:35 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Is the belt still on? Is the PS pump pulley turning? Did any of the hoses come off?
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 8:58 PM
Tiny
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Yeah the pully is still on. The fluid does not move when I turn the steering wheel. Also the steering wheel does not lock if it turns when the truck is off.
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
Is the pulley turning with the belt?
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
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Yes the pulley is turning with the belt. My belt has been squeaking for the past few months though.
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 11:32 PM
Tiny
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It sounds like the belt is slipping and not turning the pump fast enough. Is the belt tight? Could the tensionier be weak not keeping enough tension?
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 1:01 AM

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