2000 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX HARD TO ONE SIDE

  • Tiny
  • dwc1435
  • 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix

Steering problem
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 129000 miles

Hey Guys I have a problem. About 6 months ago I replaced the passenger front strut bearing. Steering was perfect. After we replaced that, I took it for a ride and now I cant turn the car to the drivers side only, but it is not all the time. If I step on the gas it steers easy. The fluid in the resevoir is getting hot also no, I figure I have a blocked passege. But if I lift up the car on either side it doesnt do it. If it was the rack, wouldnt it do it all the time since its "bad". I have both outer tie rods brand new. One thing is that on the drivers side the lower control arm bushing on the front is below the control arm. Also I am getting a weird noise like a pressure being trapped or somethin. PLEASE HELP.

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Monday, September 6th, 2010 AT 6:09 PM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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To me it sounds like the rack and pinion. There are bushings that go bad in them causing this problem. When you lift the vehicle, it is easier to turn. As a result, there isn't enough pressure to place a bind in the bushing. I will say that when they go bad, usually they leak. However, the rubber boot usually will hold the PS fluid that leaks out.

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Monday, September 6th, 2010 AT 10:12 PM
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I have no leaks and if it was bad wouldnt it be bad all the time.

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Monday, September 6th, 2010 AT 11:20 PM
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It would always be bad, but may not bind all the time.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 AT 6:56 AM
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I am also getting a noise, I thought I had a blocked passage, cause when it binds, I open the hood, and I hear a slight hiss coming from the P.S. Pump and the fluid gets hot. And im getting fluid outside the resevoir its always wet.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 AT 8:36 AM

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