Lost power steering functions

Tiny
MO-SAN
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET TAHOE
  • 5.3L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 62,000 MILES
My power steering is not functioning the way is supposed to. Hard during making a turn and when parking. I have done diagnostic of power steering pump and it does send oil through the hoses without any blockage. The are no leaks to be found anywhere and the reservoir tank is at the proper level. The power steering oil is clean and with advice of friends, I have replaced the power steering pump just to see if it solves the problem of being hard during making a turn or parking. There is no difference. The belts are all in good condition and well tightened. I am at a lost and need help of advice on what to do next.
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Mo
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 AT 5:03 AM

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Tiny
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Have pump checked for correct pressure. Also, try this in picture.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 AT 5:54 AM
Tiny
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The mechanics in the shop are trying to figure out why after changing the pump twice on their own expancies the problem still remains. The is a possibility that my original pump wasn't bad at the first time when they said so. When I did my own simple diagnosis, the pump does send oil through the system. GM recommended ACDelco is all I used. The PS pump gear box does not show any signs of leaks. What else should we be looking at? Could the PS gear box gone bad? Pls advice.
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Mo
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 AT 4:38 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Hey Mo,

Yep the box sounds like it is bad and needs replacement, here is a video that shows the job being done.

https://youtu.be/KKeFqHLuRQ0

Please let us know what happens so it will help others

Best, Ken
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 2:12 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the back up suggestion Ken. I'm also looking into my rack & pinion oil flow pressure if the meant be any clogging in the system & also checking for the right pressure. Will keep all updated with my true findings. Thanks again,
Mo
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 3:30 AM
Tiny
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Thanks mo!
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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 4:28 AM
Tiny
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To all, the answer to my steering being stiff during turning or packing has been resolved. The problem was my Rack & Pinoin high pressure flow line that got clogged and not sending enough pressure flow to the entire system. I have went ahead and replaced it with a new one from Cardone retailer and everything is back to normal. Even though my PS pump did not go bad in the first place as said by the mechanics, we came to agreement in splitting just the cost of the new one installed without paying for that labor, but the cost of my own provided rack & pinion and labor for installation. Lessons learned for future diagnosis will be PS pump pressure check, Rack & Pinion pressure check, before heading to the PS pump gear box. Also pls do not forget to grease up your ball joints. Thanks to all until the next problem happens again to something different. 2 heads are better than 1 and thank you 2carpros.

Mo
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Saturday, February 11th, 2017 AT 3:57 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Thanks for the solution on this one, I have heard of that happening to the brake line but not the power steering, learn something new everyday! Please use 2CarPros anytime.

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Saturday, February 11th, 2017 AT 9:30 AM

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