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Old 08-20-2013, 08:53 AM
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Steering / Brake troubles

On the way home Saturday, the steering started to get jerky (as if PS was going out) and then the as I applied the brakes, I got a loud moaning sound.

After I got home and the truck sat, the PS fluid was very low (more than 1 qt low)

Not knowing any better, I topped it off to the full level with POWER STEERING FLUID. After reading on here, It seems that was a mistake. Does the 6.0 really use ATF as the Brake / PS fluid ?

I have not cranked the truck since, so *maybe* I can siphon most back out and refill with ATF?

Whats my best course of action? Any advice?

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:59 AM
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Siphon what you can and do a flush.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:15 AM
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OK. That will be step one. But now i need to figure out why I had the problem in the first place.

Whats a common failure point in the system? Any known problem areas I need ot check first?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:25 AM
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Flushed the system using almost 5 qts of ATF. When I got done there is a huge puddle of fluid under the truck. It was getting dark so I couldnt determine where it came from. Seemed to be from the driver side near front of the engine somewhere.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:42 AM
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It's common for the pressure line fittings where the hose attaches to the pump to fail over time, if it appears to be leaking from the fitting you must replace the entire pressure line as there is no internal seal there. If the truck is leaking that rapidly then pin pointing the leak should not be hard.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:45 AM
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Did you do the flush with the engine running? If not that's why you had a big puddle under the truck

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:45 AM
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yes, flushed with engine running.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:46 AM
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How hard is the pressure line to replace? looks to be a pain to get to.
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Did you do it this way? If so then you may have a bad hose under there.

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Old 08-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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Yes. That is how I did it.

I am hoping its a hose, but I couldnt pinpoint the leak. I'm going to try again tonight, but I will probably have to take it to the shop and let them do the work. I just dont have time for the next several weeks due to work.
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