Question about Dodge Pickup
If there's fluid in the steering pump and no obvious leaks, then you either have a bad steering pump, or a bad steering box, or if your car has it, a bad rack and pinion. Or, you broke the belt. Is the belt there and doing its job?
With the engine running and someone turning the steering wheel, can you hear the steering pump growling like it's trying to do it's job?
There's no really definitive way to test a steering pump without hooking up a pressure gauge, but they really don't fail often. However, they're much cheaper than steering boxes or rack and pinions, and much easier to change.
Either way, when the pump fails it usually makes a lot of noise first. When the rack fails, it usually contaminates the fluid with metal pieces which eventually ruins the pump anyway. If I were you, I would change out the pump and pray, with the understanding that there's a 60% chance you'll have to change out the rack too.
But check that belt first.
Posted on Dec 31, 2010
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