Power steering only works in one direction?

Hey Guys,

I have a '01 Chevy Silverado Z71 4x4 with the 5.3L V8 in it. About a month ago the power steering stopped working when turning to the left only. The right is easy as ever but turning to the left when at a stand still or slow speed takes some serious muscle. There is plenty of power steering fluid and it doesn’t seem to be leaking and the belt driving the pump doesn’t seem to be slipping and is in great shape. Any ideas? A local shop down the street from my place says it’s probably the steering gear box. The cost to replace is going to be right around $500. Just want to get a second opinion before I drop the money on it. Thanks!!

Steering box. Actually, the valve inside the box, but you’d be crazy to try and repair it. You can surely get the part a lot cheaper than $500 dollars at a junkyard. Steering boxes are a pretty rare failure, so I’d have no worries about putting a junkyard part in.

Yeah it sounds like a rebuilt steering gear box is the way to go. The shop here says they run about $300 and labor for the job would be around $200. Sound fair?