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steering issue question...
« on: December 12, 2006, 08:40:53 PM »
Hey Guys,

So, my power steering is feeling, well, sluggish, for lack of a better description.  Plus, recently I've heard it groan a little when turning hard while parking.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do?  Should I flush the steering fluid?  Is that hard to do?  Has anyone done this who would be willing to provide some guidance?

Also, should I be inspecting something, parts, belt, etc. ?  Anyone with this kind of experience?

My car is a 2000 Passat Variant with the v6, 5 speed, and it's got about 102,000 miles.

Thanks for you input.

Mike

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006, 10:17:14 PM »
If you're getting "groaning" I would suspect the pump itself is on its way out.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2006, 01:19:33 PM »
Ian, et al:

Ok, let's assume the pump is tired.  What will happen next?  Will I damage other components if I let it die before replacing?  Also, what's the level of difficulty on replacement?  What must be removed to replace?  Approximately what is the pump and necessary parts worth?

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Mike

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2006, 01:28:46 PM »
I can't address the function of replacement with your car, but when it goes you will, obviously, lose power steering.  This can be dangerous, depending on when/where it happens.  If pump seizes, it can potentially cause the belt to break.  I'm not sure what the implication on the steering rack are if the pump is not supplying enough pressure during steering inputs.
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2006, 01:35:30 PM »
Thanks Ian.  Much appreciated.

Randy?  Todd?  Care to offer a few words on this one?  Anyone else?

Crapola.  This is not a good time for me to be putting more dinero into the car.