Question about 1994 Ford Thunderbird
Well here's my 2 cents. When you say it won't tighten, are the threads stripped and it just spins or is it as tight as it will go and still leaking? Is it's stripped, I'd recommend replacing the part(s) with damaged threads. The pressure line is around 40 bucks at Autozone. pump is 49-57, depending on which steering you have. Get the pump with the reservoir, not the bare pump.
If it's not stripped, just leaking...try to pull that pressure hose head off and look for any damage to any seals, metal, O-ring, etc. You might get lucky and just have to replace a cheap O-ring. If you do, put a little oil on the O-ring before you put it back together.
My LTD had all kinds of power steering leaks and I ended up getting most all new parts before I got it to completely seal up. It was a nightmare. Read and heed the other post about how to get the air out of the system when you're finished. Fords can be notoriously loud on power steering pumps. I'd avoid Cardone brand if you can help it. I found their quality to be very suspect.
Posted on Apr 18, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
What I think you are referring to as the pump is really the steering box because the pump doesn't have an arm connected to it. The pump has 2 hoses and a belt going to it. From what you describe it sounds like you need a pitman shaft seal. The seal is replaceable but you will need a pitman arm puller to get the pitman arm off. If you don't have or can't get a puller don't even bother starting the repair, as you WILL NOT get the pitman arm off without one. When you get the pitman arm off clean out around the shaft and you will see a snap ring. Remove the snap ring. Now make sure the power steering is full of fluid. Start the engine and turn the steering wheel all the way one way or the other and hold it there while increasing the RPM. Doing this will literally "BLOW" the seal out. There will be a couple of spacers and maybe another seal that come out of the hole also. So read the installation instructions that come with the seal kit and it will have a picture of where the components go and in what order they go in. Don't forget the snap ring. When done replaceing the seal you have to center the steering box. From all the way one way turn the steering wheel all the way the other way and count the turns. Now turn back the other way half as many turns and the box is centered. With the tires pointed straight (not turning) the pitman arm should go right on. The pitman arm will go on the pitman shaft in 4 different places. So if you don't center the box and the wheels you might have say one turn to the right before the steering wheel stops and three turns to the left. With all this done fill the power steering with fluid. With the front tires off the ground and the engine NOT running turn the steering wheel all the way from stop to stop 4 or 5 times and then check the fluid again. Fill the fluid and turn wheel from stop to stop another 4 or 5 times. Doing this will "bleed" most of the air out of the system. Now start the engine and turn wheel from stop to stop a few more times to "bleed" any remaining air from system. Turn off the engine and check fluid level. Hope this is helpful.
Posted on May 11, 2009
I agree with snowboard. Another name for the line wrench is "tubing wrench". It looks like a common boxed end wrench with six "points" or places of contact inside the boxed end but has a slot cut in it so it will slip over the metal tube part of the hose. Using this type of wrench you are less likely to "round off" the shoulders of the tubing nut. You won't be able to have the hose fixed. Well, you CAN, but it's much cheaper to buy a new one. I believe they're around $20.00 or so.
If the nut is recessed or some sort of wierd shape, try going to the dealership and talking to a mechanic. I've talked them into renting me a specialized tool. Some of the larger auto part supply stores also rent tools for a small fee. I think what you will need is the tubing wrench. Spend a few extra dollars and replace both hoses while you are getting greasy. That way you won't have to bother with it again for quite a while.
Posted on May 11, 2009
The job of maintaining belt tension falls on the Belt Tensioner. It's time to replace it. They're pretty reasonable in the $25-$35 range.
Posted on Feb 20, 2010
SOURCE: Seems like the power steering
If this is around a 1999 F150, it is the Power Steering line going to the front steering oil cooler. There is a plastic clip which holds the line against the frame. Apparently it is a common problem. The plastic part seems to hold road salt and moisture against the metal and it corrodes.
Change the line out or at least take it off and inspect it.
Posted on Sep 05, 2010
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