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2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Question: Steering and brake failure

 

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Butch298, 6.6L V8 Diesel Turbo, Jamestown, PA, December 27, 2010, 10:14
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The power steering and power brakes failed at the same time.
All fluids are full. The belt is in tact. No warning, just suddenly failed pulling out of driveway. What could have caused this. There are only 57,472 miles on vehicle.

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    December 27, 2010, 10:43
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    I'm assuming you have Hydroboost assist not vac assist. It could be a bad Hydroboost assembly. For more info contact me at autoknowhow@gmail.com

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    Butch298, December 27, 2010, 12:17
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    Correct, I have Hydroboost, not vac. Be advised, the steering & brakes are working again??? Nothing was touched...they just started to work properly on their own????

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    backyard tech, December 27, 2010, 12:28
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    It could be a loose belt, bad pump or a bad hydroboost unit. Good luck

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    Visitor, December 29, 2010, 19:24

    I had this problem, by the time the tow truck got there the steering and brakes started working again. I had the service people at my local Chevy dealer look at what could cause this and they replaced a valve in the power steering pump. 75,000 miles later and no problems.

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    Butch298, January 13, 2011, 08:53
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    Talked with mechanic. Pressure valve in steering pump is subject to stick for various reasons. Sudden change in weather, corosion, etc. Suggested adding Lucas Steering additive to steering pump for $10.00 before getting expensive repair. Added the fluid. Steering feels better than ever after about 100 miles. What can I say, so far so good.

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    Visitor, January 13, 2011, 09:09

    Lucas is a good product. I used it on a leaking power steering box and it sealed it up till I sold the truck.

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