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00 Silverado hard to steer at idle

Hard steering on idle

Postby Motionelco [OP] » Jul 31 2012, 10:07pm

How's it going guys, I'm new to the forum but I'm a long time Silverado owner (first drivable car). I'm from the golden coast . I have a 2000 Silverado 5.3 extended cab, with the following mods: 85mm throttle body's/spacer, cold air MAF, k&n cold air intake, Gibson shorty headers, msd wires, mandrel bent exhaust w/borla, mx6 adjustable shocks , 2" drop shackles, lakewood traction bars and a hypertext Max tune installed, going custom soon.

I'm wondering If you guys can help me out, last week while burning out my drier side traction bar broke and the back started drifting right. Trying to keep it straight I was turning the steering wheel to the right . Although I was successful in keeping the truck straight , after I let off the gas the steering was shot. The steering gear box shakes and makes not violent noise while trying to turn the wheel at idle. While at speed or revving past 800 rpm the steering is much easier to turn but not at as easy as it normally is. What do you guys think it could be?
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby ASTE25 » Aug 01 2012, 3:29am

You may have damaged the pump. It sounds like you are not getting any pressure. I believe there is a pressure regulator inside the pump and it may have gone bad. I'm assuming you have checked the basic's such as the fluid level.
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby Motionelco [OP] » Aug 01 2012, 5:50am

I have done all the basic checks, thanks For the lead Ill check it out ASAP.
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby BlackZ71Silverado » Aug 01 2012, 6:45am

I noticed you say you have a "cold air MAF", what is that exactly? Also running a tune from a HyperTech tuner.

This has nothing to do with your issue BUT if that is an aftermarket "performance" MAF sensor and you are running a tune you may have a problem you are not aware of. Those MAF's are just sending a false reading and telling your trucks computer that you are running leaner than you actually are. That can cause you problems with the tune you are running. Trying to get your fuel trims dialed in with that MAF is going to be a nightmare due to the trickery it uses and by giving false information.
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby Motionelco [OP] » Aug 01 2012, 7:14am

Its a granatelli motorsports high performance "cold air" MAF. I was unaware of that . Are you running your stock MAF?
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby BlackZ71Silverado » Aug 01 2012, 8:21pm

Yes, running OEM MAF, no reason not to. They are good for 550+ HP and give a true reading. The aftermarket ones only send a flase reading and will not help when tuning, it will actually make it difficult to get your fueling correct due to the incorrect information it sends. Put you stock MAF back in and get rid of that other one. Your truck will thank you.
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby Motionelco [OP] » Aug 01 2012, 10:31pm

Thanks I was unaware of that, I'll be putting it back on today after work.
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Hard steering on idle

Postby Camaro_Boy_07 » Aug 11 2012, 10:16pm

+1 for the stock MAF sensor. Had a granatelli once, worst MAF sensor I ever used.
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Re: Hard steering on idle

Postby Motionelco [OP] » Apr 25 2013, 6:24am

What's up guys , thanks for your help. The problem was indeed a bad steering pump. Also put back the stock MAF. Not sure if it made a difference , feels the same to me. Leaving it that way anyhow. Be on more often now , just got an app for my phone . :cheers:
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