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Worn wheel bearing cause loss of power steering?

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by Willow, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Willow

    Willow Member

    I went for an oil change yesterday and they told me the passenger side front wheel bearing severely worn. I planned to get it fixed today (as old one under warranty, so was going to go back to where I bought it to buy new one and then bring back old), but the weather had other ideas. My husband got his vehicle stuck in our drive so I let him take my truck to town to do papers last night. White out conditions- he went into 3 ft deep drift in an addition and got stuck. Tow trucks would not come out, but the town eventually showed to plow and they got a back hoe to pull my truck out. He parked across highway at business as our lane drifted over. The business had to move my truck and called my son on my work phone I left in the truck and said it felt like power steering was out. Hubby went over to get my truck after they plowed our lane...he said power steering out also....actually because he could not steer fast enough when the truck slid on the lane (it drifted again) he wound up going off road and now waiting for tow truck to get him out. My question is would a worn wheel bearing cause it to act like power steering out or is this a different issue?
  2. poncho62

    poncho62 Member 1 Year 100 Posts

    Probably a different issue.....Chances are, when he got stuck, snow built up around the belt/pulleys and is slipping
  3. Willow

    Willow Member

    Thank you...Will taking it to the car wash solve that? I don't have a garage so getting somewhere for the snow to melt is not an option
  4. poncho62

    poncho62 Member 1 Year 100 Posts

    I would open the hood and see whats going on......
  5. Willow

    Willow Member

    I will do that once I can get him unstuck....tow truck would not come down my lane even. Neighbor tried pulling him out with his Silverado and his 4wd stopped working.
  6. 88k2500

    88k2500 Member

    likely the belt slipped off
  7. Willow

    Willow Member

    Found snow caked under hood and of course the undercarriage and wheels. Got him out with the help of a back hoe after 9 tries and took him to car wash (I wasn't strong enough so had husband drive). Went through and then went into the bay and cleaned off the rest of the snow and ice. No difference. Drove by the shop I go to and he showed me the shaft on the power steering pump broke. Said its common when getting stuck in deep snow and trying to get out. So power steering pump being replaced as I type.
  8. 88k2500

    88k2500 Member

    It cant be to common. I have been working on these things 20 years and never seen the shaft on a pump break ever!
  9. Willow

    Willow Member

    Maybe common around here where we are getting tons of snow this year? Mechanic said he's had 3 of them in the last 2 weeks. Now to try to work in getting that wheel hub replaced in between lots of snow, picking up hay and wood and work.
  10. j cat

    j cat Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    you do not mention what year this is. I have seen and have read many with the power steering pump pulley shaft breaking. this was reported as a GM contract supplier was using scrap metal stock to machine this part. this as your mechanic stated is common. I know of one case where the power assist was lost going down the road with no turning of the wheel it just snapped. common with the 2003-2004 model years ..

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