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1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Question: wheels dont turn

 

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southbeachdolphin, 3.1L V6, Miami Beach, FL, February 12, 2010, 01:36
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power steering pump reservoir is full, car is turned on, however wheels turn with great difficulty. Could this be a rack and pinion problem or something else? greatly appreciate input..
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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, February 12, 2010, 08:51
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    It is most likely the power steering pump is not generating pressure. Jack up and properly support the car with both front wheel off the ground Move each wheel from side to side and see that nothing else " is causing the steering to bind up". You could get a friend to start and run the engine with steering cranked partly to one side crack open the pressure line at the pump and see if pressure is being generated. Only crack open the line it will spray out a lot oil quickly if the pump is operating correctly (use eye protection and a drain pan).

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    Visitor, June 12, 2010, 00:34

    did you read this and ask a mechanic if this has anything to do with your problem?

    Suspension & Steering: STEERING:RACK AND PINION
    Campaign Number: 03V527000
    Dates Manufactured: 04/1997 to 10/1997
    Number of Vehicles Affected: 750,283
    Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998
    Date Owner Notified: 02/2004

    Defect Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE LOWER PINION BEARINGS IN THE POWER RACK AND PINION ASSEMBLY IN WHICH THE RETAINER TABS WERE NOT CRIMPED PROPERLY. THESE RETAINERS COULD FAIL AND PERMIT THE BALL BEARINGS TO ESCAPE.

    Consequence Summary: IF THIS OCCURS, THE PINION SHAFT CAN BE FORCED UPWARD DURING LEFT TURNS AND BACK DOWN AS THE STEERING WHEEL IS MOVED BACK AND TO THE RIGHT. IF THE PINION SHAFT MOVES FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL NEED TO EXERT MORE EFFORT TO TURN THE STEERING WHEEL, SIMILAR TO A VEHICLE WITHOUT POWER ASSISTED STEERING. IF THE PINION SHAFT MOVES EVEN FURTHER, THE DRIVER WILL REQUIRE MUCH HIGHER EFFORT TO TURN LEFT AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TURN THE WHEEL AS MUCH AS INTENDED. WITH THE MAXIMUM PINION SHAFT MOVEMENT, WHICH REQUIRES INTERNAL GEAR COMPONENT DAMAGE, THE DRIVER CAN ENCOUNTER HIGH RESISTANCE TO TURNING LEFT, FOLLOWED BY UNINTENDED POWER ASSIST TO THE RIGHT. IN ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS, A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

    Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW LOWER PINION BEARING UNLESS INSPECT OF THE EXISTING BEARING INDICATES THAT REPLACEMENT OF THE GEAR ASSEMBLY IS NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537; OR PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.

    Recall Notes: GM RECALL NO. 03062.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION┬┐S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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