Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Victor, ID
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Happy 4th everyone! Yesterday something happened with my steering. During slow speed turns (I notice it mostly in reverse) it's feeling like my power steering is going out and I really have to muscle the steering wheel around. The fluid level doesn't seem to have dropped, but I did notice little "squirt" marks from the PS fluid (ATF) along the way when parallel parking. I couldn't tell if the leak was from the power steering pump or the steering box. What does everyone think?
If I am going to be doing some steering work, I am interested in finding out if there is anything I can do to upgrade the steering system, because the steering on my truck has always been marginal at best. I have a lot of play in the steering wheel when cruising down the highway, and it would be nice if the whole system was tighter. Are there any somewhat affordable upgrades out there? Either stock or a new system recommendations would be great. I don't mind spending a little money if it's going to help. Recommendations with ballpark on parts would be great. I will probably have someone install it as well as I don't have the special tools, and there is nowhere to rent them where I live. Somebody mentioned to me that one of the shops around here has had good luck messing with the ball joints to improve the steering-any merit to that?
Oh, and I have a 2-4" lift on my truck (not exactly sure, it was on it when I bought it), and I'm running 285 75 16 tires, so nothing too huge there.
Anyway, thanks for the help and suggestions, and enjoy the independence of this great country!
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