Hard steering wheel

Tiny
BRIAN 1
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They are 2 different problems, the p/s has to be leaking from somewhere.I suggest bleeding the p/s system, but before you do check for leaks, very common problem is the low pressure p/s hose leaking. As far as the coolant have the system pressure tested to find a leak. If no visable leak is found could be internal leak. Post back with an other questions.
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Monday, March 25th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
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IBMJ
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Steering problem
2001 Chevy Impala Front Wheel Drive Automatic 126000 miles

I am having a very hard time starting the veh without pulling on the steering wheel quite hard & to the left. It is also making a horrible noise, not high pitched, but a dense, sort of grinding noise. Nothing leaking, pwr steering fluid level good. Help!

Also odometer will not light up. Everything else lights up perfectly. Fuses look good.
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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
When turning the vehicle, does it feel like it's fighting you? If the PS fluid is full, it sounds like the steering rack and pinion is going bad. Have a mechanic check it.

Also, if all other lights are working, the bulb needs replaced.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Joe
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WILLIEFERGUSON
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 15,600 MILES
I have a power steering problem its hard to turn the wheel and inside where the power steering fluid goes it looks all bubbly
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Monday, March 25th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SCOTTY DEE
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The way to fix this i1. Fill the fluid reservoir to the FULL COLD level. Leave the cap off.

2. Raise the front wheel off the ground.

3. Attach the J 43485 (Adapter) to the J 23738 (Mityvac), or equivalent. Place the J 43485 on/in the pump reservoir filler neck (refer to graphic). Apply a vacuum of 20 in Hg MAXIMUM.

Note: If the J 43485 (adapter) is not available, an equivalent can be made using a rubber seal/stopper and brass fitting.

Important: An assistant is needed for the next step.

4. Apply vacuum while turning the steering wheel lock to lock. Maintain 20 in Hg while turning. Using a clear line will allow you to see bubbles evacuating system. Stop when no more bubbles are seen.

5. Wait five minutes. Typically vacuum drop is 2-3 in Hg. Verify the fluid level. If the fluid level is low, fill to the full line.

6. Reinstall the cap. Start and idle the engine.

7. Turn the engine off. Verify the fluid level. If the fluid level drops, add fluid. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the fluid level stabilizes.

8. Start and idle the engine. Turn the steering wheel 180 - 180 in both directions five times. DO NOT TURN TO LOCK.

9. Switch the ignition off. Verify the fluid level.

10. Install the cap. The bleed procedure is complete.
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TIFFSHULER
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,764 MILES
I'm hearing an irritating whining noise, the car is getting hard to steer; however, the fluid level of the power steering fluid is full.

Could it still be the power steering pump?
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Tiny
SCOTTY DEE
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GM had a TSB on this problem. The recommendation is to replace the power steering fluid with new fluid, and with a cap adaptor using a vacuum pump at the resevoir, with the car off the ground, apply vacuum to the resevoir while turning the steering wheel clock to clock several times.

This has worked for me on other makes with similiar issues. It's an inexpensive thing to try.
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RECE39
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 98,000 MILES
I got my power steering pump replace & now my car squeaks. What's the problem?
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Check to make sure the belts are tight and clean. Often times, oil or other substances get on the belt and cause a noise.
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HURT717
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET IMPALA
Steering problem
2005 Chevy Impala 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

When rocking the steering wheel left to right, I feel and hear clunking sound. The intermediate shaft has been replace and it didn't solve the problem. What else could be the cause? I can't seem to find any front suspension part that has play in it. This condition is only felt when the car is on the ground and not jack stands.
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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have you checked ball joints? Control arm bushings? Have you checked to make sure the rack and pinion is tight?
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KFOWLS
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 260,000 MILES
Our power steering is not working and the fluid is OK and we just had a new serpentine belt put on. What else could it be?
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Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Hello and thanks for donating!

If your vehicle's power steering is not operating and the fluid level and drive belt is OK, suspect faulty power steering pump.
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HIDME
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
My 2004 Impala makes whine noise when turn steering wheel left or right. It is louder when the car is driving. It does even when the car is idle.
Can any one tell me what could be the cause?

Thanks
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Monday, March 25th, 2019 AT 11:48 AM (Merged)
Tiny
FIXITMR
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Low power steering fluid level? Pump going bad?
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Tiny
HIDME
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The power steering fluid unit is sealed. Can not check fluid level.
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Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Hey fixitmr found some info that could help hidme with his possibly low power steering fluid.I also posted a diagram showing where the power steering pump on a 3.8L engine sound's like that's the one he has and that's why he thinks it's sealed.

Because the power steering reservoir on 3800 V6-equipped vehicles is located behind and below the rear cylinder head, the fluid level may not be getting checked and/or topped off similar to other vehicles which have a reservoir that is located on the upper portion of the engine. This condition could be more prevalent with vehicles serviced at non-GM dealerships.
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Tiny
HIDME
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Thanks a lot! I will try to check.
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SEAN MAR.
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  • 2003 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
Why does my 2003 impala still have a power steering leak after replacing the whole system? It seems to be coming from the cap. So I replaced that too. It still leaks.
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Tiny
HMAC300
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If you had it professionally done, then take it back andcomplain, they will fix it. You could have a clamp loose or a fitting not tightened orit may be residual oil hangingon the frame orengine someplace. It needsto bephysically lookedat to seewhereit'scoming from.
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