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I am currently working on a 96 taurus 3.0 duratec. The customer came in with very little power steering assist, asking us to replace the pump, so we did. No help. So we replaced the rack, and it actually seems to have gotten worse. We tried unplugging the variable assist solenoid and sender, but still no help.

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Check flow through lines...

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

  • jordan compton Nov 26, 2013

    As in pull lines And run it ?

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    Cody Nov 26, 2013

    Disconnect, and put compressed air from one end of line to other. Through cooler if it has one too.


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SOURCE: Power steering stiff - is it the pump ? or the steering rack?

If the wheel binds up or you encounter harder steering in one direction but not the other, it's your rack. Check for leaks, is it from the connecting hose or the rack itself. Can't find it? It's usually on the bottom rear of your engine,a tie rod on either side will attach to your steering knuckle. If your steering is stiff while wheel is centered or at maximum lock it's your pump.

Never worked on a mini in particular. Doing a quick google search and pumps (minus labour) seem to be 350-450$ depending where you go, unless there's some crazy book time i'm unaware of, 1300$ seems pretty steep.

Is there a noise when you turn? If there is, jack up the front end and remove the cap off your power steering resevoir. Slowly turn the wheel from lock to lock, while the engine is running, to bleed any air out of the system
If you replace one or the other, don't forget to do the above step.

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SOURCE: 2003 Mini Cooper S Power Steering Runs constantly with key off.

the pump is also a computer may need a new pump

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SOURCE: replacing power steering hose and rack and pinion steering

when it comes to the power steering hose I would say just do it yourself. As for the rack and pinion it will probably cost you quite a few hours of labor. anywhere from 5-9. Its up to you!

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SOURCE: 1991 ls400, after replacing power steering pump,

may need a code put in for the computer to work

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