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Power steering troubles

Don't understand why steering wheel so difficult to turn at 0-1 mph. Plenty of PS fluid, no leaks visible or on driveway...While driving, its seems to be okay though.

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  • seaupwr Aug 04, 2008

    Sure, but the steering wheel is really tough to move, as if the car was off. I don't normally turn the wheel while parked, but it now makes getting out of parking spaces really difficult!
    U-turns are fun too!
    I'm guessing it has something to do with the pressure, or a vacuum leak of some sort ?!?.
    I let the car run a bit more when I start it up to develop any fluid pressure but it doesn't seem to work.

  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    I started out with the same problem. One year later here is what is going on.

    Cracked Applique on hatch. Split leather seat, side molding came off, Heat does not work, High AC does not work, replaced U joints, replace all four wheel bearings, replaced transfer case ($ 1700.00) AC compressor makes noise, back windows do not roll down, car stalls with sudden stops, Lift gate hinge broke and glass fell on my head, rotors out of round. Did I mention the car has less than 100k highway miles. All service done as scheduled.

    Good luck your you Ford......I'll never buy one again.

  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    HARD TURNING STEERING WHEEL WHEN VEHICLE IS ON THE GROUND

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    change the reakapion twice on truck seal keeps going out after driving about 1/2 hour drive steering gets very difficult what am I doing wrong

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The steering gets easyer as you accelerate is normal when moving slow the weight of the vehical . the rpms are slower makes them feel hard to turn

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