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I have 2003 expedition that became hard to steer and fluid smells burnt and is dark was wondering if not the pump what else could it bee

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Worn Steering Rack

That is what happens when you do not change the
power steering fluid every 30,000 miles

Same 30,000 fluid change for all transmissions
That will be the next thing to fail

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