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2003 Dodge Durango. I had the steering rack replaced and now there is resistance in the steering. Actually it's the third rack within 6 months and the dealer can't figure it out. You kind of have to **** it to turn and it's especially noticeable when the outside weather is hot (over 85).

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  • PA Fish Jul 22, 2010

    Do I get one response or does the expert come back after I comment? The dealer and then another two mechanics say it's not the p/s pump either.

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I would replace the power steering pump, I think it is loosing pressure and causing you problem, low pressure is much more pronounced in cold weather, then once the engine warms the PS fluid the steering gets easier. My experience? 35 years dealer related work with master certification in all types of repair on cars and light trucks

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  • PA Fish Jul 22, 2010

    But it is okay when it's cooler outside. One guy called it a hard return, especially to the right. Is there a u-joint in this that could be bad?

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    yadayada Jul 22, 2010

    if the steering is only hard in one direction (u left this info out) then the steering rack is the only thing that can cause this, have u tired adding a bottle of LUCAS BRAND POWER STEERING ADDITIVE? IT WORKS. see picture of product below




  • PA Fish Jul 22, 2010

    We'll buy it tonight and reply tomorrow. It is in both directions but moreso to the right.

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    yadayada Jul 23, 2010

    still think u may have a pump problem as well then if both directions are affected, use a turkey baster to suction out the fluid so u can add the LUCAS product

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Have the steering components been checked (tie rods, ball joints, etc)?

Sounds like a power steering Pump, not the rack thats the problem.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010

  • PA Fish Jul 22, 2010

    We had the left side ball joints replaced but there is no improvement.

  • PA Fish Jul 22, 2010

    The original rack was leaking but the steering was good. Now the rack doesn't leak but the steering is lousy.

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