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98 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL, DROVE TO WORK JUST FINE, AND THEN STARTED BACK UP AND THE STEERING WHEEL WAS VERY HARD TO TURN. I PUT THE CAR ON A LIFT AND TURNED THE WHEEL AND SAW THAT THE FLUID WAS BEING FORCED BACK OUT THROUGH THE CAP. I ASSUME ITS THE PUMP, IM I RIGHT?

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  • christoph322 May 08, 2009

    THE STEERING WHEEL IS VERY HARD TO TURN. IT HAS FLUID BUT THE FLUID IS BEING PUSHED BACK OUT THROUGH THE RESERVOIR CAP. ITS LIKE THE PUMP IS NOT GETTING FLUID AT ALL. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    If it's being forced back thru the cap it may just be overfull. Did you add fluid to it lately?

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    It could be the pump, but it's normal for the fluid level to move up and down when the pump is pumping (steering wheel turning).

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You added too much fluid. You should reduce it too the proper level. You can dip it out.
I have posted the solution to your hard steering problem in your other posts.

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