2000 Buick Regal turns hard to left

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Old 04-29-07, 11:57 AM
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2000 Buick Regal turns hard to left

My 2000 Regal steering wheel turns very hard to the left; to the right is normal. A bit of extra RPM helps reduce the left turn effort, but doesn't normalize it. My mechanic sd to change the Power steering fluid. He did it once, I've done it once. No change. Any ideas? Is this a DIY fix?
 
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Old 04-29-07, 12:46 PM
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You probably have a bad steering spool valve in your rack. Only way to fix this is to replace the rack n pinion.
 
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Old 04-29-07, 01:51 PM
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Is this a repair that a backyard mechanic can perform crawling under the car in the driveway or is this something that needs to be performed by a dealer or other tech with specialized tools and equipment? Any idea as to how much I should expect such a repair to cost?
 
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Old 04-29-07, 02:50 PM
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I have changed a few with some friends. You could probably do it. You are gonna want another person to help though.

Most of the time you have to disconnect the front crossmember and lower it down to get access to the rack. (it's not that hard)

I don't remember needing any special tools. Just your typical ratches, wrenches, and 1/2" breaker bar.

Get yourself a Chiltons manual, or subscribe to alldatadiy.com

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Old 04-30-07, 05:50 AM
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BUT, it's a whole lot easier on a lift. Might want to price the job before you dive in so you can decide if the cost justifies the hassle of a DIY.
 
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