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I have a 79 Vette L-82 and the power steering is fine to the right side, but there seems to be little or no power assist to the left.  Any idea what this might be, and if it is something I could do easily or if not about what I should expect a shop to charge for the repair.  Thanks, Dennis

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HI DENNIS, NICE CAR..THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR CAR IS MORE THEN LIKELY WITH THE POWER STEERING CONTROL VALVE. THIS IS THE VALVE THAT RUNS ALONG THE CENTER LINK WITH THE SMALL LINES GOING TO IT.. THE STEERING GEAR BOX AND PUMP ARE NOT TO BLAME...THERE IS A PROCEDURE TO ADJUST THIS CONTROL VALVE IN THE GM MANUAL, OR YOU COULD GOOGLE IT UP. YOU HAVE A 50-50 SHOT OF ADJUSTING THIS..YOUR OTHER CHOICE IS TO REPLACE IT. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY THIS ON LINE FOR ABOUT $150.00 IT IS NOT HARD TO REPLACE IT,AND NO ADJUSTMENT NECESSARY..YOU WILL ALSO SEE A GREASE FITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS VALVE,GREASE THIS VERY SLOWLY AND NOT WITH A HIGH PRESSURE GREASE GUN..THIS WILL HARM THE SEAL.. I AM NOT AT WORK SO I DO NOT HAVE ANY WAY OF GETTING INTO OUR SHOPS COMPUTER SERVICE GUIDE TO LOOK THIS UP FOR YOU..IF YOU WERE TO TAKE IT TO A SHOP FOR THE VALVE AND LABOR A GUESS ABOUT $325.00 LET ME KNOW HOW THIS GOES AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU,,,TOM....

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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nys state auto repair industry and ase group.

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high school,4 years of tech school,and many many hours of auto training with many gm classes and aftermarket training classes..

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ASE MASTER TECH CERTIFIED IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES.NYS INSP LICENSE AND A/C CERTIFIED

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MANY CUSTOMERS IN OUR BUSY SHOP.

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