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  • chanz
    chanz - 1999 Pontiac Bonneville - Steering & Suspension - 8/27/2014
    What would make my power steering stop working when turning the steering wheel left?
    I checked the fluid it was low so I topped it off but that didnt work and there doesnt appear to be any leaks
     
    • jdl
      8/27/2014 jdl
      Possible issue with rack and pinion?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix - Steering & Suspension - 7/17/2014
    Mileage indicator - dash - 3 warning lights come on EVERY TIME I START ENGINE & WHEN I STOP ENGINE.
    MILEAGE -155,460 lights started coming about a month ago off and on, now come on all of the time. 1-SERVICE ABS SYSTEM 2-SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM 3-SERVICE VARIABLE EFFORT STEERING -When light comes on car gets harder to steer.
     
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  • michael roy
    michael roy - 1999 Pontiac Montana - Steering & Suspension - 6/21/2014
    How do you get off a rusted nut and bolt from shock absorbers (rear)
    The nut and bolt on the bottom of the rear shocks is not too hard to remove it's just the top nut and bolt that's all rusted is there a easy way to get the top nuts and bolts off
     
    • CVO
      6/21/2014 CVO
      1.Heat the area around the bolt head with a propane torch. Do not let the head of the bolt glow red, but if it starts to turn slightly red, this is OK. Expand the area around the bolt to make it easier to remove it.


      2.Shut off the torch and immediately spray the area around the bolt head, along with the head itself, with lubricating oil. This will cause the oil to immediately smoke, so do not inhale the fumes. The oil will seep down behind the bolt head and work to loosen the rust on the threads of the bolt.

      3. Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the penetrating oil to finish working on the rust.

      4.Remove the bolt with a socket wrench and the appropriate-sized socket. Turn the bolt counterclockwise to remove.

  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Pontiac 6000 - Steering & Suspension - 5/12/2014
    My steering column/wheel is loose and moves all around
    whe the steering wheel is pushed up it kills the car and it is causing the transmission to slip into neutral
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/12/2014 Chevy doctor
      Usually when this happens your upper column bearing is wore out or something let loose in your tilt adjuster. Most cases its the bearing.
      Chevy doctor
      5/12/2014 AutoMD Member
      thank you for your advice, i was at a loss when it started doing this
    • Chevy doctor
      5/12/2014 Chevy doctor
      No problem
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Pontiac 6000 - Steering & Suspension - 5/12/2014
    My steering wheel/column is loose and moves all around
    when the steering wheel is pushed up it kills the car or causes the transmission to slip into neutral also have to push up on the steering wheel to turn the brights on/off
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Pontiac 6000 - Steering & Suspension - 5/12/2014
    My steering column/wheel is loose and moves all around
    whe the steering wheel is pushed up it kills the car and it is causing the transmission to slip into neutral
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Pontiac Sunfire - Steering & Suspension - 4/17/2014
    "trac off", "ABS", and "service" lights stay on while driving
    I can feel and hear a "grind" when turning
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix - Steering & Suspension - 3/30/2014
    If I change power steering pump, will it mess up the rack and pinion?
    Will replacing the power steering pump give it too much power and mess up the rack and pinion
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/29/2014 HouseCallAuto
      No not at all. Why do you ask? If the pump is no good replace it. Are you looking for a reason to replace the rack as well? Are you sure that replacing the PS pump will solve your problem?
    • Jimm
      3/30/2014 Jimm
      Typically, if the power steering pump is failed - due to an external leak - then the pump only may be replaced. Be sure to drain out all the old fluid from the system and refill the reservoir with new fluid (same type as the automatic transmission fluid in your vehicle).

      If the steering pump has failed due to a mechanical reason; bearing, shaft, shaft seal - then there is possibility of the pump particles lodged inside the steering hoses - particularly the pressure hose. These particles and pieces of the pump components may damage the steering rack and pinion unit - if the fluid is not drained out or flushed - at the time of the pump replacement.

      Generally, it is good practice as cheap insurance - to replace the steering hoses, both pressure and return - especially if they have not ever been changed from original - whenever the steering pump is replaced.

      There is also the power steering fluid filter to be serviced and regularly replaced - as this in line filter may also trap contaminants to protect the steering rack and pinion unit downstream of the pump.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the power steering pump from around $54.00 (includes core exchange) with resevoir, and the steering hoses; pressure at around $16.00, and the return hose from around $12.30 for your vehicle.
  • gloria
    gloria - 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2014
    My key is broke in ,I dont can take out of and some pieces is danger,Ineed all steering wheel or only some pieces
    I am try to fine the steering wheel but I dont fine,I have 13 years whit my car and never have problems just know that broke my key and make danger please help me to fine a solution to my car
     
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  • JackHale
    JackHale - 2000 Pontiac Sunfire - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2014
    How to replace tie rod
    I have the new part already, just not sure what steps to take
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Reference the AutoMD website and the list of 'How-To-Guides' for the specific step to replace the tie rod ends.
      One trick - be sure to note (count) the number of turns when unthreading the old tie rod during the removal step. This will assist in getting the new part on in close to the same position.
  • JackHale
    JackHale - 2000 Pontiac Sunfire - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2014
    How to replace Tie rod
    I have the new part, just not sure what steps to take
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Reference the AutoMD website and the list of 'How-To-Guides' for the specific step to replace the tie rod ends.
      One trick - be sure to note (count) the number of turns when unthreading the old tie rod during the removal step. This will assist in getting the new part on in close to the same position.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Pontiac G6 - Steering & Suspension - 3/4/2014
    Car continues to whine excessively after bearings where replaced what else would cause this
    Have replaced intermediant shaft tie rods steering column brakes rotors and wheel bearings all on front of car. Before having to replace the driver side wheel bearing it began to whine so I had the bearing changed even though the mechanic said it wasn't that bad ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/4/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Seems odd that your mechanic cannot locate the origin of this loud noise. You may have to take to another shop.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Pontiac Bonneville - Steering & Suspension - 1/10/2014
    What is the problem when my car wont shift out of park unless i wiggle the fuse
    sometimes my car wont shift out of park unless i wiggle the fuse in the fuse panel. checked all fuses and they are all good
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/10/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It would have been god for you to mention what fuse you were wiggling. They are labeled with names or numbers or both. It sort of suggests that you have a bad / oxidized fuse holder in the fuse panel which might just need some dressing with sandpaper or nail file or perhaps adjusting the tension on the fuse blade with suitable tool. Try a new fuse also.
      HouseCallAuto
      1/10/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Is it possible that it is not the fuse that is fixing the stuck in park shifter? because if your foot is on the brake for example, the brake light switch at the brake pedal is what controls the function of the shifter interlock.
  • Angel
    Angel - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Steering & Suspension - 11/7/2013
    Is there an engine Shock Mount that I need to replace when I just replaced an engine Torque Rod?
    The engine Torque Rod had to be replaced because it was damaged.
     
  • Angel
    Angel - 1998 Pontiac Sunfire - Steering & Suspension - 11/7/2013
    Is there two engine torque rods and two engine shock mounts?
    Only one engine torque rod was replaced on the passenger side.
     
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