Hi Scotty, I have a couple of questions but first here is the rundown of what will lead to the questions. Last summer my girlfriends car, 1999 Pontiac Grand Am 2.4L, had power steering issues. We took it to a licensed mechanic only to find out that the rack and pinion had multiple pin holes in the lines. They "fixed" it the first time only to continue to be leaking. It took 3 mechanics to find the final pin hole on one of the pressure lines when you turn it to the left is when it leaked. After all that work and money, the car is now having more power steering issues. The girlfriend was driving home after getting her son from school when the leak happened once again, with her slowly failing muscle strength making it hard for her to steer. I put a bottle of power steering fluid into the reservoir, and when the key was turned to start the car, all the fluid hit the ground. Now the questions I have are: What might be the new issue? Can the car be driven safely as is even without any fluids in the power steering system? Is it a viable option to convert the power steering system to have electric assistance instead of fixing the current issue?
Low-Avg.-High Retail $1,325...$2,075...$3,725 guessing on your Specs. No, I wouldn't drive around w/ PS disabled. I think you'll find that the cost of converting your PS to electric would nearly exceed car's resale value.
I'd go back to basics. I'd employ UV-light Dye Kit to pinpoint (wrong word choice) source of remaining leak(s). Perhaps those shops did fix all leaks-- maybe new leaks sprang up. You're dealing w/ 1/ 21-yr.-old car 2/ GM product 3/ Grand Am axed in 2005 even before GM pulled the plug on Pontiac in 2010. Once you locate current leaks, you'll know how/where to proceed. Could be add'l leaky hoses; PS Pump or Control Valve inside Power Steering Rack. Start here. Scotty shows you how to get your issues to glow in the dark: