The other night, my tire busted while i was driving. i drove the rest of the way home on it because i didn't have a spare.
Today the power steering fluid was empty, and after filling it up, i started the car to the sound of very loud grinding and squealing... it then started leaking the fluid again...
Is this steering rack busted? does anyone know what else it could be, and maybe some steps to get me back on the road?
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You have what they call a hydro boost system, the power steering pump give power steering assist, and give power brakes, so if your power steering hose looses fluid you get not power steering and no power brakes, So check the power steering hose for leaks if there is no leaks replace the powersteering pump
The snow may have knocked the belt off, on this model car it may only have one belt and if thats the case the battery or alternator light may also come on but is theres two belt then then power steering may be the only belt that came off. Open the hood and take a look at the belts and see if the belt came off, if the belt is still on then you may have broken a power steering line in which the fluid runs out and then you loose the power steering if thats the case dont drive the car to far you could damage the power steering pump. so look around for a belt off and check the power steering fluid, What normally happens is the snow piles up in the belt area and forces the belt off, hope this is helpful, good luck.
You will have to look where it is leaking from and get it fixed. Running without power steering fluid will eventually burn you power steering pump out and yes if you power steering is that hard to turn when out of fliud, it is dangerous.
you have a power steering leak, when in full lock position the power steering pump is actually sucking in air and this is your noise. you will have to locate the leak and replace the leaking part and fill it to proper level.Ford will accept trans fluid for power steering fluid.
Sometimes problems like this can be caused by incorrect tire pressure.
Check also the tie rod ends if it is busted. Check for leaks on either side of the wheel if there are leaks on the steering linkages.
If the car has been serviced the steering column may have been moved causing it to hit something under the dash.