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Changing pump and bleeding power stearing on a 1983 buick riviera


1. Replace any hydraulic line showing external damage. Rubber hoses more than 4 years old should be replaced. Install new seals for all disconnected fittings (as required) and install an in-line power steering filter. Tighten all hose fittings to OE specifications. 2. Flush the entire power steering system using the vehicle manufacturers recommended fluid. Fill pump reservoir to the proper level.
3. Disable engine to allow cranking without starting. This can be done by unplugging the main power wire (large red one) from your Delco HEI Distributor unit. Block wheels, put transmission in neutral or park and set parking brake, then crank engine 5 to 10 seconds (avoid overheating starter motor).
4. Refill pump reservoir as necessary. Repeat step 3 until level is correct.
5. Enable the engine to allow starting. Start engine and let idle. Slowly turn steering wheel from lock to lock a number of times.
6. Turn engine off and inspect fluid level and condition. Add or remove fluid as necessary. If fluid is foaming, wait one hour then recheck level. Repeat step 5 and 6 until fluid level is correct and shows no sign of air. If the problem persists recheck installation and connections.
1. With engine off, apply and release brake pedal 5 to 10 applications to deplete accumulator reserve pressure. With foot slightly pressing brake pedal, start engine. Pedal should drop and then push back against your foot.
2. With engine running, turn steering wheel until lightly against steering stop. After 5 seconds return wheels to the straight ahead position and turn engine off. Apply and release brake pedal. There should be at least one power assisted brake application. Start engine and allow accumulator to recharge before moving vehicle. 3. Test drive vehicle.
NEVER operate any vehicle until brake and booster systems are functioning properly. Remember, your vehicle is only as good as it's braking system. Brakes are the singlemost important component on any motorized vehicle.

Nov 06, 2016 | Buick Cars & Trucks

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95 All wheel drive Blazer It's hard steer , re-end locking. nd locking up and alost seems like the br. What would cause all this?


Start with the rear. Most likely a brake problem. 2 things to look at. First the emergency brake cable. Make sure the cable is kind of loose. If not it is locked/rusted and applying the brake. Gets worse as you drive. Cut them close to the brake or replace them. Next is the rear brake hose/s. To check this, if the brakes are tight, release one of the brake bleeder valves. If it releases the brakes, replace the hose. Hard steering could be the power steering pump or gear box, or bad ball joints. This you'll have to look at the steering linkage. Ball joints, pitman arm, idler arm. Any of these look really rusty at the connection. Could be a problem. Look at the steering shaft also. There is a u joint that rusts up and will cause hard spots when turning. Gear boxs usually get sloppy. Power steering pumps start to whine when going bad.

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Engine cuts out, steering locks on braking - scary! Help!


What is possibly happening is when you brake, there is a vacuum leak caused by the power brake system, this reduces the engine rpm, which in turn effects the power steering which makes it feel like the steering is locking up. This can also happen with a vacuum leak anywhere in the engine or things like a faulty idle adjustment control.... Turn the vehicle on, place your foot on the brake, if the idle speed increases dramatically you have a problem. Then put the vehiclein drive with your foot on the brake. If it nearly dies, again, you have an issue.
There are many different things on an engine that can create vacuum leaks. EGR Valves, IAC solenoid, PCV valves, the list goes on....
Good luck finding this particular issue!

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My geo starts just cant get it out of park


is shifter on steering wheel ,is wheel turned really far one way or other if it is you need to turn wheel a little more the way it is turned, and it should come out of park

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Have a lexus is250 and the steering wheel is locked and it won't start. It is keyless. I think I might have parked it with the wheels turned. The brake pedal is hard to press. Help.


What does it means when the steering wheel locks up... And I cut the car off and it won'ts start back up & I even tried to jump the battery... Nothing would happen but the inside lights cut on that's it! I have a IS 250 2007

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While driving my 2011 lancer the steering wheel and brakes locked


Was the steering wheel locked, or just stiff to turn?
I imagine what may have happened is that the engine stalled while on the move. This would effectively kill vacuum brake assistance, and stop the power steering pump at the same time, causing very heavy steering.
You will need to check the condition of your engine components if this was the case. You can start by checking the condition of the following:

1) Spark plugs, leads and coil(s)
2) Air filter
3) Fuel filter
4) Idle control valve

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My tahoe has the traction off light what doe that mean?


It means the traction control system has been disabled. It can be done manually by pressing the switch on the dash or by an onboard computer (meaning there is a problem). If you can't press the button to get the light off, then get it scanned. Traction control system works with the anti-lock braking system and the engine to help the driver control the vehicle in the event it should be slipping or skidding. It will activate the anti-lock brakes, help reduce steering pressure to better steer and can sometimes cut out engine cylinders to reduce the power going to the wheels to better control in the skid.

Jan 27, 2011 | 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Today, after fueling up my car - I went to start the engine and the key wouldn't turn in the ignition, the steering wheel wouldn't move and I couldn't push the brake pedal down. After trying several times...


if you turned the steering wheel after shutting off the engine and the steering wheel caught the lock and tried to turn back it would hold pressure against the ignition lock cylinder. if it happens again try pulling the steering wheel hard one way or the other and turn the key at the same time.

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Steering column lock and won`t unlock


Here you got some tip: http://car-tech.org.uk/tips/how-to-fix-a-locked-steering-wheel/ If this will not work and you live in or near London then call them, I am sure they can fix it.

Feb 15, 2009 | 2001 Mazda Tribute

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Power steering


Support front wheels off ground. Chock rear tires, get an assistant for safty. Start engine (do not put in gear) step outside of car and manually turn wheels left and right by hand. Cut off engine. Turn key back to release steering lock. Manually turn wheels by hand again. If it requires the same ammount of strength to turn wheels, then Rack and Pinion is bypassing internally. Solution... replace rack & pinion.

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