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post #1 of 42 Old 10-18-2007, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hard steering

Starting to notice. When not moving, say trying turn in a tight spot
where your turning the wheel with no accleration. The steering is
hard, like almost no power assist. Now if give the gas or regular
turning at corners no problem so far. ?? if anyothers notice this
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post #2 of 42 Old 10-26-2007, 12:01 PM
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i have the same problem on the truck i just picked up. I have no answer to help you. Maybe someone can jump in?
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I've heard more and more about this problem guys, there was a guy on here about 2 or 3 weeks ago with the same problem and it was the power steering pump. You might have a vacuum leak and at idle the pump isn't getting enough, but as soon as step on the go pedal it creates enough to make it easier, either way take it to the dealership and let us know what you find out....good luck

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my 02 f-250 needed a new box
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i've noticed this problem on my truck a few times as well.

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Mine has done it since new, only occasionally and at idle...

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My 01 has the same issue, really quite bad when I am trying to back in a trailer. I took mine to the dealer and they said that it was normal if you had underinflated stock tires or even oversized tires. The tech told me that the power steering system at idle was only designed to overcome the resistance that a stock size tire creates againt the pavement. So any oversized, aggressive or underinflated tire will cause poor powersteering at idle. I have 315 Allterrains on my truck and apparently that is plenty to cause the problem,

Sounds like some really crappy engineering to me since you really need the powersteering the most when you are still or moving very slowly.

I would really like to find an aftermarket product to help, since it really sucks when you are in a tight spot with a trailer.
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Mine done this while actually turning into the dealer for service the other day for first time, no trailer just truck only. The service advisor looked at at , went and got the tech, and : on the message info screen, he hit down until it read : recalibrate steering or something like that , took the truck to the back lot and done left and right tight turns and no problem sense, maybe what this is I cant tell w/o feeling for myself. He showed me what to do if it ever occurs again and no tools are needed, just a few minutes and an open lot for room.

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here is what the advisor told me. On the 08 they changed the
front end some. Usually when turning in a tight spot, you have
your foot on the brake and the way these rotors designed cause
tension on the wheel thus hard turning. They are going to look at
it but feel its a design issue. ?? what found out on this end
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Mine does the exact same thing. I run 325's, and it has done this since I got it. At a stand still it acts like I have no powersteering at all, but once I start moving it turns fine. Poor engineering if you ask me.
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