1999 Pontiac Sunfire Steering Wheel heavy, almost impossibl

Tiny
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  • 1999 PONTIAC SUNFIRE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
Hi
i was driving my car today on my way back home when suddenly my steering wheel got real heavy in my hands, as if I was steering my wheels manually. And so I checked under the hood to see if I had any steering fluid left, its almost full. I asked around and found out that it could be some "pipe" that broke or needs replacement.
I could easily just go to the garage and have them check it out but I dont have enough funds. I would only be able to pay for repair (not just cause they checked u no?)
If there's anyone that could help with a clue,
dont hesitate.
thanks
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 10:46 PM

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Tiny
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If it is stiff in both directions, more than likely you lost pump pressure. I believe this pump is driven off the camshaft at the trans end of the engine, I would check the condition of the belt. It is odd that it failed all of a sudden, and is exhibiting no noise.
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 11:25 PM
Tiny
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Thanx gstacey for replying to my question,
yes the directions in both ways are stiff and im not sure but since that happened, there's been some fluid leaks from the car. Im also wondering if its due to that pump
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 AT 11:42 PM
Tiny
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If it is indeed the power steering reservoir that you checked, and the fluid is full, even if it had a leak you would still have noise during operation, until the fluid got so low. If it(pump) is not being driven, and it is full, you can expell fluid out the cap eventually just via expansion. Like I said, check that the belt is still attached, and the pulley is turning. There are some cases where the pump shaft can break, and everything looks normal, but the pump is non-functional. About the only way you can confirm it would be with a power steering pressure analyzer, it's not readily available in most cases. You could disconnect a pressure line, but if there is any pumping action whatsoever, it will make a mess in a hurry, and could cause injury.
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 12:02 AM
Tiny
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Wow thanks a lot gstacey you being so much help right now, you helped me understand a lot about wats goin on with my car.
Today I will head to see the repairmen at the garage and just make sure the issue is with the pump and not anything else and get a replacement or repair.
Ill post how it went and the final solution, phew!
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 8:22 AM
Tiny
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Well you were right. I checked the belt and it came off a pulley. I checked to see what could have caused this, and found out that one pulley was loose therefore it led to belt being loose and eventually coming off.
I believe all I gotta do now is tighten the pulley and replace the belt where it shud have been.
And Voila!
Thanks so much I am much much happier than yesterday phewww
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 10:45 AM
Tiny
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Since that belt is away from the other drive belts, it can get overlooked. Often times the belt is what fails, gives up just due to wear. Thanks for posting the results.
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Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 9:36 PM

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