Power Steering Pump or Gearbox?
I suspect I am starting to have an issue with either my power steering pump or my gearbox. Nothing specific or real bad yet, but I like to stay on top of it. Here are the symptoms (or potential symptoms)....
Steering "groans" (not the usual pump whine, but sounds like it is coming from the column) when turning the wheel a turn or two while stopped or going real slow.
It takes a good bit of effort to get it to turn and sometimes will be like it has no power steering at all if stopped. (I know it won't be GREAT with 37" tires, but none of my friends with SD's and 37's have the same issues).
Lastly if it's related, if I have to do an "emergency stop" (hammer on the brakes fast) the pedal will "kick back" at me and then work normal. (Not the ABS type, I'm familiar with that) Steady pressure as hard as I want to press is normal.
I'm thinking it's a weak pump especially with the brakes being weird, but I thought I would take opinions, not sure how to separate between the two. Thanks!