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Air bubbles in my Power steering!

I replaced my power steering pump because it was leaking EVERYWHERE, and it seemed to help at first. I'm still having a lot of trouble when I'm moving slow or trying to park. I'm assuming it's air bubbles. It's been almost 300 miles since I put the pump in, I figured all the air would be out by now! It's not leaking at all now, but I just hope I don't need a new rack as well.
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Tjeick, let me know if you decide to take your Impala to the dealership to have technicians take a look; I'm always happy to schedule an appointment for you or follow-up with the dealer on your behalf. I can appreciate, though, if you're only looking for DIY advice! I just wanted to let you know I'm always available via direct message if you have any further questions.

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If there are no more leaks, it just needs bled out. Lift the front end and put it on jack stands, with the engine off, loosen the reservoir cap, and keep working the wheel back and forth lock to lock, till you stop hearing bubbles.

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I sure will, thanks kingnutin. I think my problem is that I didn't do that step before turning the car on in the first place. I'll try tomorrow and let you know.

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It can take some time to bleed out by normal driving, by some I mean a lot. Let us know if that works or not.

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It even helps to disable the fuel pump relay and as Nick said turn the steering wheel from lock to lock while cranking the engine. After 20 seconds turn off the key for about 2 minutes and then repeat for another 20 seconds. I have found after two of those that the system will be air free, well, as long as the fluid has no foam in it while you do this procedure.


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