Power steering went out but fluid is full but black. Left turns are worse? on 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Power steering randomly went stiff the other day. left hand turns are really stiff, but right isn't so bad. Checked the fluid and it is full, but black. took some out and added some but still not working. Kinda makes a whining noise when turning. 110K miles

by in Shenandoah Junction, WV on March 19, 2012
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on March 19, 2012
i believe your rack and pinion internal valving has gone bad. that will cause stiffness in one direction or both more so when cold to start with
COMMENT by on March 19, 2012
do you know how much this repair usually costs?
COMMENT by on March 19, 2012
APPROX 500.00 DEPENDING ON LABOR RATE IN YOUR AREA AND WHERE YOU BUY THE PART
COMMENT by on March 19, 2012
Is this a part that could be found at a junk yard possibly to save on cost?
ANSWER by on March 19, 2012
I would try this first. Go to this website to find a shop that uses this product www.bgfindashop.com Then go to this website to see how the service is done www.bgams.com .Preventive maintenance is very important. Most try to cram the sevices down the customers throat. A professional shop will explain why preventive maintenance is so important and it extends the life of your vehicle. It also prevents exactly what has happened to you. Take the time and veiw the different type of services that need to be performed. I believe you still might save the rack and pinion if your do a BG power steering flush. The only other option is replace rack & pinion.

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