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Old 02-18-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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I have a 2005 F150 4 X 4 (150,000 miles). Recently noted that low speed steering was difficult, then, easy again (intermitant tight spots). Pump is not making any noise, topped off fluid (1st time since new) although it was just below the "min" line. Pulled front wheels off and everthing seemed to be free underneath. Turned steering wheel right and left with tires off and pretty much had the same symptons, although the problem is more noticeable with wheels and on the ground.

I had planned on replacing the pump however my experience told me that normally defective pumps make alot of noise?

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Old 02-18-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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i had the same problem. i added a power steering cooler(had one laying around) drained all the fluid.added 1 bottle or bars reconditioner its in one bottle half red and half yelloe fluid. then filld the rest of the way up with regular fluid.after 2 weeks maybe less problem gone but mine still whines but no more hard steering
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The shaft that the pulley connects to once broke on my chevy. Everything appeared to be working except I had no power steering. Once I took the belt off, I was able to pull the pulley and shaft right out.
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At the very least (and cheapest), disconnect the lower pump hose to cooler (all 2004 to 2008's have power steering coolers), and drain. Fill with fresh fluid and perhaps some conditioner (I have no experience with any recommended Power steering conditioners). See if the problem clears. If not, I'd say you have a pump or rack issue.
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I'll give this a shot tonight; I didn't even realize this truck had a power steering cooler until I started tracing out the lines last night...

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i have a 06 screw and i didnt have a factory cooler,unless you consider the pipe running along the crossmember a cooler
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Anyone find a solution to this? Mine does the same thing (07, XLT 5.4). The power steering fluid is full, don't see any sign of leaks. The truck only has 50k on it. Thanks
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I dont have a problem with the turning, but mine whines like a ****...Not sure if the pump is going out or what the noise means...anybody know?
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Probably the pump. Mine has been whining for the last year lol. It's easy to turn for the first 2 minutes, then gets more difficult and noisy.
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MINES FIXED!

Read somewhere else here to spray the 2 connectors on the steering column with WD-40. I did it last night and now it works perfectly.

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