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    bad truck, bad!

    was driving over to mark's this weekend, and I heard a squeal start up under the hood of my truck... which got worse as we went. Well, on the way home, there was NO power steering, so I either have a bad belt, or I need a new power steering pump. Yech.

    Thankfully I can park it (mostly, thanks to the work car I rarely drive it anymore, and with the breakdown I really will try Not to do so) until next payday (two weeks), get it fixed, because I have a road trip for the hollydaze after christmas. My folks live in VA, and I'm the more mobile of the two family units. Lori and the boys probably won't go with me this year, so I'll just get the GMC fixed and then head down for new years.
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 12-03-2007 at 03:35 AM.
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    It could be worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Bookout View Post
    It could be worse.
    absolutely!

    I'm extremely lucky. I have a terrific wife, three super kids, many good friends, and I'm relatively healthy (that I know of anyway). Loads of good fortune in my life, so other than annoying, and potentially expensive, this is on the 'don't sweat the small stuff' list.
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    was driving over to mark's this weekend, and I heard a squeal start up under the hood of my truck... which got worse as we went. Well, on the way home, there was NO power steering, so I either have a bad belt, or I need a new power steering pump. Yech.
    I would say you diagnosis is right on the money. Should be a pretty simple diagnosis. If there is still a belt on there, it's probably a bad pump. If the belt is missing....... It needs a new belt. But you would have guessed that one.
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    Have you "popped the hood" yet? Depending on year, it will be a serpentine belt thus power steering is the only thing you noticed that you lost. The squealing could have been from the belt tensioner bearings going bad. Once it went, the belt would have flipped off. It isn't a bad repair and you can do it in your driveway. 15 minutes tops.

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    Sounds like a slippery belt. Easy fix if that's the problem.
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    haven't checked it yet, drove the wife's car yesterday, and today I'm out in the company car. I'll take a look at it tomorrow, buddy of mine works for a parts house, and can get me parts cheap.
    -Ned

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