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Old 11-15-2012, 08:10 AM
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Power Steering hell

Hey guys my forearms are huge now, but most of its because of the lack of power steering on my truck. Lol. If the truck is stopped I literally cannot turn the wheel even if I muscle it. I don't have any power steering pump whine at all. Once in a blue moon it turns easy, but only for a couple of turns while stopped. How can I know if its the pump? I was thinking of removing the return line and bumping the starter, but that will only tell me yes there's flow or no there isn't. If I rev the motor and turn the wheel there is no difference. Holding the brakes vs released brakes still no difference. The truck has to be moving in order to turn the steering wheel. Getting out of tight parking spots is a pain and so is hooking up to a trailer. Its been bad since I bought it, but its gotten worse and now unbearable.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:13 AM
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I had the same issue... Put on a new OEM PS pump when I did my build recently with new fluids, and the problem WENT AWAY!!! Now I can turn it while standing with my finger!

Im not bluffing, It really did go away!
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The big reason I questioned it was because it didn't whine like all the threads I searched stated their pumps were whining. Wonder if I should try an Autozone pump or just get oem. $55 vs $90. According to the oasis report on my truck its had the pump replaced before I bought it. Autozone has a lifetime warranty though.

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Being its a power steering pump and not something that can tear the motor up or make it run bad I would just do the autozone pump. otherwise I would say only motorcraft.
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Being its a power steering pump and not something that can tear the motor up or make it run bad I would just do the autozone pump. otherwise I would say only motorcraft.
I like the view point. Autozone it is. I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:24 PM
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my truck is the same way ever since I installed a drop pitman arm.
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Don't use Autozone pumps!!! Seriously their "lifetime" warranty is only good for 3 exchanges. Go OEM. I had the same problem with mine and while it was apart I put a new OEM pump on and all problems went away. I can now sit parked and literally with one finger go from side to side with ease. I was the one who suggested to Eli to do the same when his truck was apart. Swap the pump and do it the right way the first time.

There are some parts I just don't ever buy from autozone or any other discount auto parts store and there is a reason behind it. Sometimes it's really worth spending the extra money and buying OEM. This is one of those times.
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bryan i have a little secret about a different autozone part that I tell you about that is currently on my truck and performing flawlessly... call me when you get a chance
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Go with OEM, it's bad enough having to pull the pump, let alone having the hassle of removing the pulley and install on new pump. IIRC, your only suppose to reuse the pulley twice anyway. The pulley can be a pita to get on/off.


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bryan i have a little secret about a different autozone part that I tell you about that is currently on my truck and performing flawlessly... call me when you get a chance

Stick on fender vents don't count!! LOL!!


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