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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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  • theviewit
    theviewit - 2004 Pontiac Vibe - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2013
    I REPLACED THE REAR STRUT, AND WHEN I DRIVE DOWN THE ROAD IT MAKES LOTS OF NOISE!
    I CHECKED THE LOCK DOWN NUT AND IT IS VERY TIGHT! YET THE LOCK NUT GOES UP AND DOWN MAKING THAT NOISE. I LOOKED FOR A BREAKDOWN OF THE TOP PARTS OF THE STRUTS, AND CAN'T FIND ONE.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/10/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Stop at the dealer parts dept and they will bring up a picture of an exploded view on their computer screen and print it for you. Better bring them coffee though or something cause....
  • bm.mack
    bm.mack - 2007 Pontiac Torrent - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2013
    I gave someone a jump with my car and now the power steering isn't working.
    i hooked the cables up to the fuse box and shorted something out. can you tell me what it is.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the burnt 80 amp EPS fuse in the underhood fuse block. Happens often because you reversed polarity during cable hookup.
  • bm.mack
    bm.mack - 2007 Pontiac Torrent - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2013
    I stopped to give some one a jump and may have hooked the cables up wrong. when i got in my car to drive off it was
    hard to steer like the power steering went out. there is no way to check the fluid, but since it was working before i jumped the other car i know it's not that. any ideas?
     
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  • taz1025602901
    taz1025602901 - 2002 Pontiac Grand Am - Steering & Suspension - 9/19/2013
    What is inside of the abs harness closer to the control arm..needs to come off...
    my car was slammed into the curb n the tire rod n lower control arm needs replacing...there is a part inside the abs harness where bolt #1 connects..that piece is the one that i'm having problems removing..i looked n my sevice manual, pg. 3-41(lower arm replacement) ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      post a picture however you do that here. I have seen people do it, just don't know how they do it. Make sure I can see what you are referring to or skip the picture.
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    • bear.1216
      9/18/2013 bear.1216
      You should replace the shocks and mounts at the same time. You have to remove the shocks to change the mounts. Disconnect the air lines then remove the upper mount nuts from inside trunk. Then remove bottom bolt and remove shock from vehicle. Note the alignment of the upper mount in relation to air line for reassembly. Then remove center nut on mount to replace it.
  • Luanne
    Luanne - 2007 Pontiac G6 - Steering & Suspension - 9/3/2013
    How to tell if I have loose ball joints
    I have a 2007 Pontiac G6 GT. Last week the transmission blew with 4 days left on the warranty. The dealership replaced the transmission and then told us we had loose ball joints in the front of the car and they all needed to be replaced at a cost of $1100. We're ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Get at least a second opinion / inspection at a different repair shop. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to inspect the front end components and ball joints.

      Generally, the ball joints have a long service life - easily 150,00 miles or more. The ball joints will certainly make noise and vibrate - causing abnormal tire wear and loss of steering control - as telltale signs they need replacing.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the lower control arms assembly (including the new bushings and ball joint) for around $58.00 for each side.
      Even if the diagnosis is correct about the ball joints - there is no need to pay for the exorbitant dealership prices - the parts should cost no more than $100.00 - $150.00 for this type of work.
    • bear.1216
      9/3/2013 bear.1216
      When ball joints wear out you will usually hear a clunking noise or rattle when going over bumps and will cause tires to wear on edges. It is very common problem on these vehicles. The lower control arms are easy to replace about half hour per side at a shop. It will also need an alignment after. Should cost no more than 400 parts and labor.
 
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