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Put new power steering pump on 1997 ford thunderbird, still does not work, although pump is working, no power steering

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  • claude grisham May 13, 2010

    What kind of fluid do I use in this thunderbird, I just got some at the dollar store.

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I had this problem on an '81 Cougar. It was dirt in the steering rack and /or proportioning valve. Rack and pinion systems are suseptable to sticking due to contaminated fluid. Also, if you used the incorrect fluid - that can be the cause of this problem.
You can try to change the fluid, that did help some on mine. In the end I needed to go to the salvage yard. If you change the rack - don't forget to have an alignment done.

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