Hard steering

Jeremy1472

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02 Tahoe I/o steering got very hard. Could the power steering pump go bad? Has gm 305 mercruiser. Serpentine belt is fine. How does cable come out of the steering rack in the back so I can check that? Thanks in advance for any help!!!!
 

Chris1956

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Rack and pinon? Rack will unbolt from pinon.

Rotary Steering? Undo the cable clamp, and turn the wheel and cable should come out of head.
 

poconojoe

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Mine was hard to steer also. I struggled with two hands and I have power steering. I was fooling with all the moving parts at the engine side to no avail, cleaning and greasing. I disconnected the cable at the engine and discovered it was the cable. The wheel was still hard to turn.
Replaced the cable and now I can steer with one finger.

I don't know if this is your problem, but if it is, look for a part number on the outer sheathing of the cable. It helped me pick out the correct one. Oh, and the complete cable gets replaced, outer sheathing and all, not just the inner core.

I tied a string to one end before I pulled the old one out. That insured the new one took the correct route and also made it easy to pull in.
 
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