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My suv steers hard infrequently.

We have already changed the pump 3 times now i have changed the rack.sometimes you have to drive for 45 min for this to happen. sometimes it doesn't happen at all

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Check your belt and tensioner also, if worn out can cause belt slippage which would cause hard steering. I would also recommend putting in an inline p/s filter to protect the rack.

Posted on Oct 08, 2015


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SOURCE: power steering rack leaking

If it's coming from the rack, check the rubber boots from the rack to the inner tie rods, and if they are soaked with fluid, you will need a new rack, or keep adding fluid to the pump as needed.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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SOURCE: steers hard when turning around

try lucas power steering stop-leak. drain some of the fuild and then pour that in. it is for surging rack & pinions, not just for leaks. if that doesn't work then you may have a defective rebuilt rack.
check power steering pump pressure, might be weak.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: ford focus tdi w reg power steering rack

check fluid level and turn wheel side to side if you look at the resovoir you will see the fluid bubbling. easier to do this with front wheeels off floor.

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SOURCE: power steering - wheel feels like it pulls

check your balljoints. jack up the wheel and try to move it side to side and in and out. if it moves more than a minimal amount your ball joints could be bad and you will need to takeit in and they can let you know how close the are to breaking.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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SOURCE: slugish hard steering, already changed pump twice,

I think I would look at the steering box and the pitman and idle arms. Your steering box itself may be gunked up with sludge causing the poor steering of the truck. I do not believe it to be a sensor. I would find out if there was a way to flush the steering box or if you have to just replace it. I hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 04, 2009

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