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Old 12-28-2019, 06:58 PM
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Hard Steering

I just replaced the engine in my 87 GW. It sat for several months with the lines off the power steering box. I plugged the holes to keep dirt and water out of the box. Installed the new engine and hooked up the lines to the Power steering and filled the reservoir with new fluid. The steering is so hard you can hardly turn the wheel with 2 hands. I tried turning from stop to stop several times with the engine running but it is still hard. The power steering pump is not making any unusual noises or whining like it is cavitating or has air in it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:40 PM
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Recently when I worked on my power steering, I had to put the front end on jack stands and slowly go from lock to lock. The factory manual said to do it 25 times so I did. Different make and model truck, but the principles should be the same. And yes it did work well. I had to add a lot of fluid while doing it.
Something sounds off with your rig though. If your pump is full and running it should be making assist. Sorry I am not more help.
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Old 12-29-2019, 07:28 AM
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Not if the pump is shot.
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Old 12-29-2019, 09:11 AM
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Pull the return line off and see if it's pumping, I'd be inclined to pull the relief valve on pump to make sure that isn't fouled up. The pumps are pretty durable, not likely to be junk.
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Old 12-29-2019, 01:25 PM
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The work I did to mine was an inlet screen clean. I was loosing assist in super cold weather. I took the cartridge out and sprayed from both sides. The screen was super fine mesh and looked fine. but it was restricted big time. Because of the cold we get here I also switched to redline PS fluid. The clean and fluid swap saved me from a pump replacement. It works super now even at idle.

Thought I would toss some detail in there. Something I am not known for at all.
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Old 12-29-2019, 01:35 PM
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Update

Thanks for all the tips. Took the return line off and pump was pumping. Jacked the tires off the ground and kept turning stop to stop. Lots of fluid and many many turns later it started loosening up. Now it is good to go. Thanks for the advise
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