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Hi,  My daughters car has an issue with the power steering in her 2001 pontiac grand am gt.  it has no leaks and is making no noise but the power steering will not work.  not sure what else it could be.

Hi Dawn.

I'll assume this is a V6 engine in this car and if that is the case those had issues where the power steering pump input shaft would break off in the pump. the part the pulley is on. when that happens the pump quits working and you have no sssist. a quick check to this is with the engine running take the cap off the p/s pump and look at the fluid. you should see it churning around in there if then the pump is bad. If this runs for a while the p/s assist doesn't come back? if that were the case then I would think it's in the p/s rack having an internal leak and as the fluid warms up the seal then expand and sel off the leak.

Good luck :-)

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


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