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post #1 of 5 Old 12-13-2013, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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I recently started having weak power steering (especially a dead stop, with a crew cab long bed I often have turn my wheels completely while not rolling just to not run over lesser, inferior vehicles). I've replaced my lines, my power steering pump, my hydra-boost, and power steering cooler, then bled the whole system. I'm still having the same problem. Weak power steering.

I'm running 35x12.5x20 Mickey Thompson (that are as bald as Bruce Willis - so I will be getting 38x13.5x20 Toyo Open Country M/Ts soon). I'm going to test out removing my steering stabilizers - they're older than hell - and seeing how that works (I'm on 9" of lift). Can you guys think of ANYTHING else that would be causing my power steering to be garbage?
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Time for hydro assist

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I'm sure you've checked them along with everything else replaced, but I'll throw it out there anyway. Bushings, ends, or ball joints,,
I was aware that it needed ball joints and convinced that power steering pump was also going when I bought this truck. Whined and would become very (scary) stiff if hard on the brakes to make a turn, and near impossible to turn the wheel while stopped; tried bleeding and flushed the whole system with no improvement. Ended up replacing ball joints and an alignment before I put a pump on it and all of my steering issues went away

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Just fyi, if you dont properly bleed the system they are a major PITA to get all the air out. Sometimes it can take 40-50 cycles to finally get that last air bubble out.

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After replacing my tranny cooler it took over 50 cycles to bleed all air and now my power steering magically works better than when I bought the truck. Miracle.

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