I bought a salvage title 11 and repaired it myself. Once repaired the steering went out, so I put in a new pump, worked for 2 days then went. Took to a dealer and they put in a new pump, lasted the road test. I brought them a used gear box they put it in and the pump went again. They put in a new pump, gearbox, and it works but still a little on the stiff side for steering, and when i hit bumps, it feels like the steering shaft is wobbling around in the column. Side note, they tried to blame the used gearbox for contaminating the steering system with metal filings, then I put a magnet in the original gearbox, and like magic, there was filiings in there. Some people will try to pull anything, frigg'n a$$hole's. Anyone have any suggestions to stop the wobbling of the steering wheel?
Ok so, just over 3 months and 15,000 miles later and POOF, steering failed again. Metal filings in the reservoir. Dealer says warranty is 12 months 12,000 miles, and I have 15,000 miles on it, so no warranty, and $1,900 for new steering system. Really? So I call Ford and here is what they say, "Well our master service manual says the in this case the gearbox is to be replaced, the pump replaced, the lines and reservoir flushed, and reinstall new gearbox and new pump. That is what the dealer did 3 months ago and $15,000 miles ago. Anyone else see the problem with this? So Ford says that the dealer did the right thing according to the Master service manual. So the power steering system is basically a closed loop hydraulic system, right? If you have metal filings in the system, how do you change and clean everything and leave the power steering cooler unchanged and unflushed? I would think that most of the filings would collect in the cores of the cooler, or am I crazy? Any suggestions on how to deal with 'Stupid". I need new gear box, pump and ps cooler, Ford says no to assistance, dealer say's no with the exception of selling me parts at a discount, but I am on the hook for the rest. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.