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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

Posted on Mar 26, 2011


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I would like to tell you,if you flushed it with new fluid,you would be good to go,but burnt fluid is the result of some kind of damage, that has to be corrected.
The pump my have gone bad,but what concerns me, is that the black fluid,will most certainly take out the steering rack.
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