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  1. Howdy, My little 4.3 '04 GMC Sonoma is puking power steering fluid (not spraying) when the pump is running. I went camping for a few days, came back to town and there was a puddle under the gearbox. When the pump is not running there is a pretty steady drip off the nut connecting the arm to the gearbox. I can see a curtain of fluid forming above it. When I run the pump and turn the wheel, the fluid just starts oozing right out of that space above the connection from the arm to the box. By the time I have driven 10 miles the surrounding areas of the undercarriage are coated in fluid. The hoses could stand to be replaced, but it would appear the problem is definitely a seal. I don't consider myself mechanically inclined, but I can do some work. I've changed plugs, oil, carbs; but I need guidance. Plus, I really don't have the money to throw at a mechanic to do something I could conceivably do myself. My question(s): if the problem is a seal, how much of a pain in the ass is it to fix? Is it worth replacing the seal and if not what should I do? What are the risks of DIY? Will I absolutely need an alignment post fix? What am I looking at for cost; DIY and/or having a garage do the work? I won't be driving the rig much in the next couple months but until then I kinda need it to get from A to B. I very much appreciate it.
  2. I have a 07' 2500hd classic. A couple weeks ago I changed the power steering gear box due to a leak. I changed the box and a couple of new symptoms occurred. The truck would pull to the right and it was easy to steer to the right and hard to the left. I took the truck in to get an alignment and after replacing a bad ball joint (passenger side lower), idler arm, and tie rod (driver), the shop could not get the truck to stop pulling to the right and the steering is still easy to the right and hard to the left. The shop performed all the steering component work besides the gear box. The shop is reputable and well trusted. The shop thought that I should warranty the gear box and try a different reman unit. So after changing my box a second time, the same symptoms continued and shop tried aligning again but still no dice. The box is a 33 spline sector napa reman unit. Since then Ive also checked for brake issues (to see if brake is holding), changed power steering dampener, sway bar links (not intending that this was causing the issue). Because this issue started after I changed the box the first time, how likely is it that I received a bad gear box twice?? Any other ideas?
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