Today I drove my car to the store and I found it significantly difficult to steer. I thought that it had to do with the snow around my wheel. I had someone help me remove it in the parking lot however, it is still quite stiff. Removing the snow did help a bit maybe.
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Sounds like you have a wire in the steering column that is shorting when you turn left but goes back to close to normal when you turn back to straight. Check the wiring harness coming out of the steering column.
Sounds like your power steering pump is acting up. Check for steering fluid level and make sure it is at proper level. If that doesn't help or the fluid is really old, consider flushing the power steering system. It is not very difficult to do. Makes it easier if you have someone to help. There are great deal of online videos on how to flush a power steering system. If that doesn't fix your problem, then it may just be the time to replace your power steering.
Yes, they come standard with power steering. There was most likely a problem with the power steering pump on the one you test drove. The power steering fluid could be low or dirty. Also, the pump could be worn out which would make the steering a bit stiff as you found. I would ask the seller about it and also check the fluid level, if low or dirty then request it to be changed and then test it. Hope this helps!
just a thought. when you changed the struts, did you replace the strut plate and bearings???? also how is the lower ball joints and the drive axles? any binding in the cv shaft ?. also is there any slippage in the belt cause by a faulty tensioner? just some things to look at. some have a cooler inline with the power steering, make sure it is not plugged, kinked or damaged in any way tht it will restrict flow
Get it to a shop you may have a power steering censor leak. If your handy read on.. Check the fluid level if it's low don't add more change the censor first then refill. The issue is the fluid travels through the censor into your wiring harness to your computer and other censors shorting everything out. If your fluid is low pull the censor wire off it's next to the fill tank on the pipe connected to it, if you see fluid in that wire bring this truck to Dodge. Or as I said before if your handy and you suspect this is the case, wright back and I'll give you a call and walk you through this. This is a common serious problem the can destroy your computer and possibly you engine. It can be fixed for under a hundred dollors.