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Old 08-05-2002, 16:29   #1 (permalink)
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I have an issue with my steering in an ED Fairmont, if I am turning at low speeds i.e.: reversing out of car park, u turn etc. I get a loud noise coming from the steering area (pump) and also a fair bit of vibration through the steering wheel. I had the steering serviced recently (change fluid, alignment, balance yada yada) but this has not fixed the problem. It mainly does it when turning left. It is fine when moving at normal speed. I have also replaced shocks and springs with a monroe gt gas/king spring setup about 5000ks ago.

Talking to a ford service guy who said this was a common fault in the ED and there is an actually an additive you can add to the fluid which should remove the problem. Any one have any idea what could be causing this and how I would go about fixing it? And have you heard anything about this additive??

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I had the same thing in my ED. Real bad on the U turn. It is likely the high pressure power steering hose. I think it was due to the hose "stretching" under load and the internal diameter closing down on itself.

Fix back then was to replace the hose with one from the EF (years ago) though by now they should all be the same manufactured composition. They are basically the same part.

The additive may just thin the fluid but how much can you do that to PS fluid?
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Old 08-05-2002, 17:51   #3 (permalink)
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Our workshop was changing the fluid to the EF2 spec oil
This is called Mobilfluid 424 and is available at most ford dealers.

Part number is R1424.

Seems to help quite a lot.
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