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Power steering went, then over heated, losing anitfreeze.

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    1996 ford windstar cant get bracket off for power steering pump is there a bolt behind the pulley ?



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Please check your serpentine belt. It transfers power from the engine to the Power Steering Pump, as well as the water pump, which could cause both problems at the same time!

Please advise as to what you find!


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I got antifreeze on by belt now my power steering is noisy and stiff when i turn my wheels

If the belt got soaked ...It will be a while to get the anitfreeze to dry out... You will have to get a new belt and clean the pulleys with alcohol.

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I was driving home last night and I heard this loud metal crash/scapping/thud. Soon after my battery light came on, it felt like my power steering went out, and car would not heat up, and eventually by car...

Sounds like you broke your drive belt. The drive belt controls the alternator, power steering pump, water pump and AC. When it breaks, you lose all. Hope fully you didn't do any damage to the motor by over heating. I'm guessing that by the sound that you have described, the belt tenioner pulley may have broken off. This keeps the belt tight. Good luck with it. Let me know if it was not that, as there may be more avenues to look at.

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Can low steering fluid cause mechanical problems

Problems associated with low power steering fluid…

Hard Vehicle Steering
A low power steering fluid level can often times cause a vehicle's steering to become hard and labored. Adequate amounts of power steering fluid are necessary to enable a vehicle's power steering system to function and operate at optimum levels. A lack of power steering fluid in a vehicle's power steering system reduces the amount of hydraulic fluid pressure necessary to efficiently operating the various parts of the entire power steering system. Power steering fluid supplies the fluid force needed to operate the power steering gears and to enable power steering gearbox operation. Low power steering fluid levels reduce this hydraulic pressure, which commonly results in hard vehicle steering.

Pump Noise
It is very common for a low power steering fluid level to cause significant power steering pump noise. An adequate amount of power steering fluid is required to ensure the proper function and longevity of a power steering pump unit, which is a belt-driven pump responsible for housing and circulating power steering pump fluid. A low level of power steering fluid results in increased power steering pump friction, heat, and wear, all of which can significantly reduce the operational life of the power steering pump while at the same time cause excessive power steering pump noise.

Fluid Boiling
Many times a low power steering fluid level can result in excessive heating of power steering fluid, a condition that can seriously degrade the fluid and cause it to boil. A low power steering fluid level results in less available fluid to both lubricate and cool a power steering pump unit. A lack of power steering pump lubrication and cooling leads to excessive heat being generated within the power steering pump unit itself, a condition that translates into the available level of power steering fluid becoming super-heated and degraded. When this happens it is common for the power steering fluid to boil and lose all of its lubricating and heat-reducing capabilities.

Gearbox Wear
The power steering gearbox is a set of gears within a vehicle's power steering system designed to facilitate movement of a vehicle's front wheels. The power steering gearbox is connected to the power steering pump by hydraulic fluid lines that deliver a constant supply of power steering fluid to the power steering gearbox. A low power steering fluid level, especially a chronic and severe low power steering fluid level, can lead to increased friction and wear within the power steering gearbox assembly, a condition that can significantly shorten the operational life of the power steering gearbox and negatively affect its operation

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