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97 astro brakes and steering out

The brakes and the power steering stopped working i was backing up with a trailer in tow now its like strong steering and no brakes

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Do you have any warning lights in the dash on?? Run a self test of the system for trouble codes.

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If this car uses the power steering pump to help with the brakes it is possible that the pump went out or possibly the belt broke as well.

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1st, is theodd location on the 97-98, engine mini fuse panel has a 20 A fuse forthe stop / turn lamps. Have seen it covered in tape from the factory onsome 97-98 MY trucks.
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Download a PDF version from Ford, for the 1997 MY at :

https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp

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There are a few fuses for the trailer tow adapter.

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https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp

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