Hard steering wheel

Tiny
OCTEXAS
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • V6
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
So my steering wheel has been giving me some problems. About six months ago the steering wheel started to get hard so we changed the steering fluid pump. That did not do the trick so we had to change the rack and pinion. It worked at first but the steering wheel would get hard sometimes. So we needed just removing the lid of the steering fluid pump. This worked for a couple months, but it started to slowly stop working. One thing that did help was when we would lift the car to change the oil or put on new tires the car seemed to turn perfectly fine and very smoothly afterwards. I noticed that while driving and pressing the gas the steering wheel is easier to turn (not easy, but easier). When I am at a stop sign and have to turn right for example it becomes very hard to the point where I can barely turn. Also at time when the car is first used in the morning the steering wheel seems not to be as hard to turn. We sucked out the steering fluid and added new fluid and that has not seemed to work. Any ideas? Please let me know.
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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 AT 8:06 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Yes, the steering rate sensor is bad and needs to be replaced, here is a pictue of its location #1. Let me know how it goes.

Best, Ken
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Saturday, June 11th, 2016 AT 2:04 PM
Tiny
SHARQUILL
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 3.5L
  • 6 CYL
  • 180,000 MILES
I had got a new power steering pump and the shop told me I need a rack and I got the rack and they replace the rack and the steering wheel still hard to turned and I spend money and the problem not solved. What the next problem?
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Update: They had to replace the steering wheel angle sensor cost me $230.00 all fixed!
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JDL
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Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.

Cheers
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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I will!
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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Another thought, if everything we have talked about is okay. You might raise and safely support the front of vehicle, take tie-rods loose from steering knuckle, then see if you can turn the steering knuckle okay. If not, then you may have found your problem?
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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No it has not been replaced.
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
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MARBROYLES38
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 156,000 MILES
My steering was just fine fine until I got stuck in the snow and now my steering is hard to turn. It is like the power steering is out, but checked the fluids on it and it is fine. I also tried to get off all the snow I could from under the car.
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hello,

It sounds like you lost the power steering pump which could have nothing to do with the snow. Here is a guide to help you see what you are in for when changing the pump out:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-power-steering-pump

Check out the diagrams (below).

Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.

Cheers
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SHARQUILL
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Can the tire rod be the problem?
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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I suppose it could? I do not know what else to tell you? You are not answering any of my questions, so I do not know where to turn?
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MARBROYLES38
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Yes, you were right. I got a pump for $78.00 and installed it (thanks for the guide) and now it works great, but you need to let it sit after it is together so the air bubbles can get out of the system, FYI.
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:38 PM (Merged)
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CAJUNGUY65
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 5.3L
  • 2WD
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My car which I just purchased recently had a power steering issue. I have filled the reservoir with power steering fluid. It is extremely hard to turn. The fill reservoir is on the engine block in the rear of the engine. I cannot see any pulley for a belt. What can cause this extremely hard turning issue?
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Monday, July 16th, 2018 AT 2:39 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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If it is hard to turn it is either the rack and pinion bad or the pump does not have enough pressure if fluid is black it may be the rack and pinion.
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