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Somehow water is getting into the hydraulic fluid on the power steering system. this can be seen when taking off the cap on the pump, and checkinig the fluid level. There will be rusty brown water f

How can water get into the hydraulic fluid and steering system, and cause tight steering? I had the rack and pinion and hydraulic pump replaced only 4 years ago, but water has entered the system again. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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Replace power steering fluid with new fluid bleed system sound like you have air trapped in the system.replace fluid and bleed system see what happens.

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yes , i am sure you checked for leaks on the rack at the boots on both ends near the wheels. if none try adding a power steering conditioner to the pump . drain the fliud from the reservoir first by taking off one of the hoses the more conditioner the better. this may not work but it is an easy and cheap way first. there is also a relief valve in many pumps that might be stuck not allowing pressure to build.

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Most likely the thermostat is sticking. Get the system flushed (get that rusty liquid out of the system), replace the thermostat & put in new coolant. Should fix it.

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MY SUGGESTION TO YOU IS THAT THERE IS NO REASON TO GO TO THE DEALER FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS BECAUSE IT WILL COST YOU 3X AS MUCH AS IT WOULD AT A PRIVATE SHOP.THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT ONLY THE DEALER CAN HANDLE,BUT ANYONE CAN DO THIS ONE.IVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS.

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somewhere there is a air leak on the suction side of the pump.  Try tightening the clamps and connections.

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sadly it sounds like the rack and pinion is going bad..rebuilt units are available ...you'll need a 4 wheel alignment after replacement.  Get this fixed as it very dangerous and will only get worse

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