Re: Power Steering Pump - Needs bleeding?
Thanks, Ed. I just got off the phone with a tech at Maval who makes the pump. He said the same thing, that debris could have gotten into the valve when I locked it and pressure went up. He said to get a 3/8" transmission or power steering inline filter and short hose and connect it to the low pressure hose at the reservoir (easiest place). Then run it in the driveway (better not to drive it, but could) at varying RPM's for about five minutes to flush it out. Then remove the filter; don't leave it on there. He said that should free it up. He also said not to have it flushed with a machine because, often, those machines have dirt in them. I guess from previous use.
Your idea may be a place to start first because I only have 500 miles on everything and, hopefully, contaminants haven't gotten in there yet. Hopefully. Should I think about replacing that pressure valve?
Also, the steering gets worse and worse as I drive and everything warms (heats) up. So, maybe the valve sticks more and more as it gets hot?
Thanks, again, Ed, very helpful.