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How to perform pressure test on power steering pump, or maybe faulty rack

Steers good to the left but stiff to the right

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Faulty spool valve in the rack assembly

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My van is having a hard time turning, would this be the power steering pump going out and if so how can I fix my 1998 Mercury villager


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Pump Flow and Pressure Tests Before performing pump flow and pressure test, complete the following checks for conditions which could cause loss of power assist. Take corrective action if necessary.
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Hello My 1996 discoverys steering is very very stiff especially when turning right. This problem dissappears soon after the vehicle starts to move. The problem started two days ago. steering fluid level...


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check the tyre pressures are correct as underinflated tyres can make the steering heavy, as well as increasing tyre wear.
if the tyre pressures and fluid levels are ok then check the belt driving the power steering pump is ok.
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