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1997 ford explorer steering is jerky even at low speeds. Have seen some power steering fluid under auto but there seems to be fluid in the resovouir. What issues may cause the jerky steering?

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Bad steering rack.
Had you flushed the P/S Fluid,every couple years,you could have avoided an expensive repair!

Posted on May 14, 2010

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SOURCE: 1997 FORD EXPLORER STEERING IS JERKY EVEN AT LOW SPEEDS

Air in the system.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010

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