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Chevrolet Suburban Power Steering

I need some help, I have a 2001 Chevy Suburban with 47000 miles on it. I went to drive it yesterday and it is hard to turn. There is a little fluid leaking from the under part. I am thinking it is the power steering due to it being hard to turn. Does anyone know if this is true and if it is, could this just be due to low fluid? And if not, does anyone know the price range for fixing the power steering in it?


  • maad4maad4 Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Sub 2500 4x4 and recently experienced a power steering squealing problem. After taking it to the dealer they informed me that the pump was bad. Unwilling to pay them the $675.00 dollars to replace it for me I decided to start calling my buddies. Sure enough one of the had a friend who worked for an auto parts supplier and got me the pump for about $80 bucks with exchange. The job took me about 2 hours and I had to borrow a pulley remover from Autozone but it saved me almost $600 bucks. The job is a little messy but so what thats 600 bucks. By the way the squealing went away and it is a lot easier to turn.
  • rockman59rockman59 Posts: 250
    kll said: is hard to turn. There is a little fluid leaking from the under part. I am thinking it is the power steering due to it being hard to turn. Does anyone know if this is true and if it is, could this just be due to low fluid?
    Let's do the math. You have power steering fluid leaking from the unit under your vehicle. Your steering is now hard to turn. Answer: Obviously if the fluid is low on fluid the unit will not perform properly. How much to fix? Best to get an estimate from a good indie repair shop. That will be cheaper than going with a dealer. The PS unit normally is an easy fix or replacement.
  • jmdbjmdb Posts: 2
    Have a 99 burb with 69k has a "wobble" in the steering wheel at speeds of 30-35 mph. Feels fine once past 35 mph. Tires have been balanced and tire wear normal. Any clues? Thanks
  • your front tire(s) could have slightly shifted belts.will be felt 5-10 mph and up if severe.30 mph if small defect.past that speed tires level out if balance is ok. i am a dealer tech and own a tahoe + 97 tahoe had same slight shake at about 30 mph. - tom m. -
  • The service engine light came on ran the codes and the codes came back the #2 transmission solenoid had failed. Looking for location and information on changing the #2 transmission solenoid. EEC
  • cleudardcleudard Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 1500 burb 4wd 5.3. My steering used to get hard only in the summer when the car was hot. The problem went away the rest of the time. Well, it is summer now but I'm getting tired of this problem. The pump is probably 4 yrs old & there are no leaks. Is this a variable assist system? Is there a speed sensor used?
    Is there a P.S.filter where I can't see? Or do I just need to bite the bullet & throw another pump at it?
  • does anybody or can anybody tell me what is wrong with my steering,i have a 2000 suburban 4x4 that makes left turns fine,but to make a right turn i have a very hard time,please direct me on what to do,thanks.
  • arriearrie Posts: 312
    Power steering system consists of two parts. One is the pump and the other is the power steering unit.

    You say turning left is light as it is supposed to be but turning right is a work out.

    Obviously pump is working as left turn is ok so you need to look at the power steering unit, i.e. possibly replace it. Should not be too expensive job either.

  • On my 2002 Suburban, lately the power steering has started to go light (as if over-assisted) when on the road, both low speed and highway. It may get light so that it is hard to control, or even so light that you can spin the steering wheel with one finger and feel nothing. My friend with an 01 says they notice the same issue. What's up?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I'm guessing that your ignition switch is malfunctioning.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • We have the same problem. In turns the power steering will suddenly become over assisted. It happens both left and right. I have the power steering pump out while replacing the intake manifold gasket, and I plan to replace the corroded power steering hoses, but I don't want to replace the pump unless it is the problem. Any insight would be appreciated.
  • I've been having the same problem for about 2 years now on my '02 Suburban. I've also had the hard right turning problem for about the last 3 years and for the last 5 years have been dealing with a seemingly loose steering linkage (feels like a small knock in the wheel when going over small bumps).

    All of which I have brought to my dealer for diagnostics:
    1) The loose linkage was "repacked" with grease about 4 years ago under warranty and came back about a year later after the warranty ran out of course.

    2) The right turning issue was diagnosed as a bad steering gear which would entail replacing the steering box at a price of well over $1K

    3) The free feeling wheel I was told is related to the steering gear box. Dealer told me none of the items are safety issues but would cost $$$$'s to repair.

    So, at 158K miles, I have made the executive decision not to do any steering repairs until either something starts leaking on my squeaky clean garage floor or I hit a tree. We'll see how that far so good!!!

    We still love our Suburban by the's by far the best out of the 5 we've had to date.
  • I have '00 burb. While moving power okay lft & rt. Sitting still in driveway at idle, hardly can turn wheel left w\2 hands. Right okay. Pump, Gear, or rack? Or should I remove radiator cap, slide new truck under cap and install cap.
    Thanks for any help!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    lol....good one.
  • Edit to posting #16.
    Drove vehicle on highway today. Wheel turns right okay, left with very little hangup at highway speeds. when stopped at idle, wheel very hard if at all turning left and turns fine to the right. If u give it throttle while sitting still and turning left the wheel snaps loose and u can turn the wheel. the steering column area inside the vehicle makes a moderate to loud noise while trying to turn left sitting still (like air pressure escaping.) Hope this helps! Thanks for the Help.
  • Well I thought I'd try something diff and go online and ask for some help diagnosing
    something in the car repair world that I haven't fooled with much. This is my 3rd online repair site and no answer from anyone. I guess this world will never change! There is nothing free anymore, not even info. Maybe my wife will hit a tree and I will kill 2 birds with one stone. Don't have to fix power steering and she'll be gone. Damn thats wrong! Have fun all u backyard mechanics..
  • Hi we were leaving church this morning and the power steering just stopped working. There was no warning of any kind. There seemed to be a bit of an alignment issue but nothing sever. When warm the fluid level reads at the cold level not the warm. If there was some power fluid still in the SUV would the power steering just stop working?
    Should i go buy more power steering fluid? or would that be a waste of time?
  • Did you find out what was wrong I have the same problem with a 2004 burban?
  • Hey Dan, It does turn one way not the other right! I pretty sure mine needs a steering gear. I read( maybe it was here) if it turns one way or the other then the pump is working. There is an EVO switch on bottom backside of pump and a mechanic told me to unhook the switch and I should have power assist. This is the same mechanic that told it may need a rack. I DON'T HAVE A RACK! He also told me it may need a pump after I told him I replaced the pump yesterday. Ill definitly keep u in mind when I fix mine. I used to do alot of mechanic work but never did much steering, so this one's got me stumped. Oh, unhooking the switch didn't help. The gear is gonna run me $215.00 from pep boys or auto zone here in Annapolis, Maryland.
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