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No power in my power steering...

Has anyone had a situation where their power steering is almost non-funcional when the engine is idling? From a standstill when I go to turn left or right, there isn't much assist from the PS pump. I have a newly rebuilt sag PS box and a new pump/hoses from Rock auto.
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Re: No power in my power steering...

If the system is brand new, I would get both front tires in the air and with the engine running, turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock a few times and see if the power steering fluid is low.

I think that's what I did when I changed gear boxes. Good luck!
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Re: No power in my power steering...

That's what I'd do.
Have a partner standing by the pump with a bottle of fluid. VERY VERY slowly turn the wheel all the way left to right and keep the fluid level a couple inches BELOW the top of the reservoir. Too high and it'll overflow when the system is full and up to temperature. I found out the hard way.

Either that or the pump is bad. See if they'll exchange it, or get one from the auto parts store. (same parts, different supplier)

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Re: No power in my power steering...

Original PS pumps in first gen Camaros had a pressure setting of around 900 psi and that's pretty low. Something around 1200 psi would be better, GM pickups use 1400 psi which is about the highest used.

I'd carefully check that the belt is not slipping when you lose boost, if you hear the belt chirping, it's loose or slipping, may be contaminated with oil. Applying the brakes when turning the wheels puts a lot more load on the steering too. If the pulley is turning, it's probably low pressure.

Your pump is rebuilt, but where did the pressure relief valve come from? Many rebuilt pumps come without pressure valve or outlet fitting and require you to transfer the old relief valve from the old pump to the new one.

The pressure valve has spacer washers that allow adjustment for max pressure. You can remove one of the washers to raise it.
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