My taurus has a problem with the power steering not working when i firet start the car. after a few times of starting and stopping the engine it starts to work. ive checked for loose connections and replaced the alternator and battery. problem still happens. i put a remote starter in it when i first got the car and when i used the start feature the car would not have power steering . lately it happens all the time
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Re: 97 taurus problem with power steering
I think you may have a problem with the rack and pinion unit. They use to call it "morning sickness". I can't remember the exact cause, but it has to do with the internal parts of the rack and pinion. It wouldn't have anything to do with an electrical problem.
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Usually caused by a loose or worn belt,but accompanied by alternator squealing when first started. But it could be dirt in the steering gear valve. It can also be air in the system. To eliminate air in the system, start the car after you're sure you have enough power steering fluid in the reservoir.Turn the steering full left until you hear it bypass,holding it there for 5 seconds.Now do the same while holding the steering fully to the right for 5 seconds. Check the steering fluid level against what it was a few minutes ago.If it dropped,you had air in the system. don-ohio (:^)
check to see if you have power steering fluid. if your low fill it up. (most cases thats all it is) check around for any leaks or parts to the power steering unit for and damage (hoses, pump, rer, rack and pinion, any seals or such. you might have a leak somewhere. when your looking for leaks fill the res up with power steering fluid. turn the car on. and have someone turn the wheel so get the fluid to build up pressure in the system.
I won't say 100% that this is your problem, but it is a common problem on 97-ish, through at least 01 Taurus models and affects the key-on accessories and it's easy to check so it's where I'd start. Take the driver's side front wheel off and then remove the splash shield from the wheel well. towards the back of the well is a plastic track that bundles the wires up and they do a switch-back there at the end closest to the driver's seat. The wires like to rub through there causing the engine to not start, or die when put in reverse but run normally in park and key-on accessories (radio, windows, etc) to not work also sometimes better in park. That is where I'd start.