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Old 06-10-2003, 15:58   #1 (permalink)
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im just looking for some good advice... recently my ed falcon started to make crunching noises behind the wheel, it makes it difficult to steer. it doesnt completely realign it self all the way to the centre either. its like driving with power steering then none. the fluid level is ok. . . . . any ideas? . . . . . .
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the pump may be on its way out, its hard to tell without driving it though
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When my power steering pump went, the symptom was intermittently heavy steering - this would sometimes happen suddenly while driving and at other times it would be heavy right from startup. It would also sometimes come good suddenly when loaded up - ie. turning - which made life interesting on occasion (ie. I'd be muscling round a corner then suddenly the steering would become light and I'd nearly end up on the footpath).

I don't recall any odd noises tho.

The inside of my power steering reservoir cap was rusty and the inside of the tank was also rusty - I suspect the problem was actually shit getting in the pump's relief valve.

Replacement pumps are not all that expensive on exchange.

Hope that's some help.
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where the steering colume goes through the firewall there is a rubber or nylon bush that dries out and gets hard over time.lift the carpet and underfelt find the bush and spray with WD40 or similar.This may be your problem,only take 5mins to find out
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Stiff Steering

Reckon it will be the bearing at the bottom of the steering column. Although a squirt of WD or similar may fix it for a while (at least it will show you where the problem is!) the bearing may eventually collapse, and seize right up - bad karma if you are driving!

Bearing cannot be replaced, and a new column is about $280 trade from Ford. Bugger! You could get a second hand one, but dunno how long it would last.......

Sigh - never had that prob with the earlier Fords!
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