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steering issue

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jrm123180, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I have a 2000 1500 Silverado, and sometime it seems that when the plow is on and i'm trying to turn the steering wheel with out moving its hard. It feels as though I have no power steering. Is this a normal feeling on a 1/2 with the plow?

    Thanks
     
  2. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    on dry pavment not moving the weight of the plow can make any truck harder to steer. If your rolling a bit it makes things much easier......unless you are haing probs with your pump. when does it happen?
     
  3. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I believe this happens in different conditions (I honestly haven't paid attention to what the surface was like, but I will now) and it's not a problem that seems to happen consistently; only when the plow is on.

    Thanks
     
  4. sglaine

    sglaine Junior Member
    Messages: 21


    Gm just recalled a bunch of there trucks on Monday so check it out. :cool:
     
  5. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    if it happens intermitently while you are moving I would be concerened
     
  6. PackRat

    PackRat Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 47

    I'd check your belt tensioner. On a 2K model, it is possible that the spring has gotten weak. How long has your belt been on the truck? Could be glazed, or worn. Does the engine sound different, when it happens? Idle speed, or pump whine?
    I'd say the base problem, is that they cut back the power assist, to give more "road feel", on 88-up models. I loved the old fingertip steering, on the early models. Saginaw steering was so good, that remanufacturers made conversion pumps, so the Ferd boys could enjoy them, too.
     
  7. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    I would start with something simple. Make sure that the tires are at their maximum pressure, and that they are LT tires and not P series.....