no power steering at idle

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Posted by Peter ( on 13:37:11 04/06/11

Took a trip to New York City (several of it's boroughs) and had to do some small parking lot and parallel parking maneuvering that I don't normally need to do in the Sub (2000, K1500, 92,000 miles). Had a problem getting the steering wheel to turn while at idle. If I revved the engine then the power assist worked fine but at idle, it felt like there was no power steering. I did check the fluid level and it looked good. I saw a comment on another board about replacing the steering box because there could be a bad valve inside - but that seemed to be related to a on sided turning issue (right or left butnot both). Does this sound likely?

I am a little nervous about letting my 16 year-old drive it even though he does a very nice job with it normally. The idea of losing power steering is not something I want to see a newer driver have to handle.

Other thoughts or suggestions?

- Peter

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