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Steering went stiff very suddenly on 2000 F-150. Auto store ''experts'' say it is the power steering pump. Need a schematic to replace it and instructions on bleeding air from the lines after replacement.

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PS pumps are pretty straight forward. You don't have to worry about bleeding the lines. Just replace the pump, fill reservoir to full mark on dip stick, start engine. Run steering wheel from lock to lock, check oil level. Repeat until oil level remains at the mark.

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