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Power steering Truck is hard to steer fells like the rack is sticking or pump is going out most of the time it is ok.2001 dodge dakota 4 wheel drive.

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I have a 2001 dodge dakota 3.9 2 wheel drive pickup.Power steering resovior is leaking.Need any tips on replacing it. Thanks. Rick

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Make sure the fluid level is OK, if reservoir MT ad, with out the cap till air comes out and fluid gets in to system, turn the steering right to left wile You add fluid with cap off, till fluid is not longer going down and reservoir inside gets quiet, when fluid level is OK, put cap back and try it, if system did not recovered normality and loud noise comes from the pump, pump needs replacing, if steering is steel hard, no noise comes from pump, look a steering box or steering arms, if truck has Rakenpinon, look for broken boots, pit man arm

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