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Old 08-26-2013, 01:55 PM
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Steering Column Locked up...

Got into the wife's truck to drive it after it sat for a few months and the damn thing started right up and sounded great. Getting it ready for winter.
She has a 2008 F-150 FX4 Quad Cab with the full-size bed.
Anyways, took the puppy out for a spin to blow out the carbon and on my way back from a 1 mile drive I notice the power steering had disappeared. I have no issue with losing power steering, had an old 68 mustang without it, but this isn't my truck to just say "screw it". I think we all know how much trouble it is to replace a power steering pump on those crap f-150s.
So I made sure fluids were topped off, I checked the Rack and pinion steering parts, and everything looked okay. I was totally perplexed.
Once I had more time to look at it, I followed the steering column down and noticed the u-joints on it were rusted up and looked like 3 years worth of bird **** had clumped up.
I thought it looked abnormal, so I started chipping away and I used a lot of PB blaster on it and after a week of spraying and letting it soak it seems to have returned to normal. Here is the issue: With this having rusted up like that because it sat for a few months, what else should I look at that isn't obvious? Kind of like the steering column isn't obvious to look at unless u think of it. I want to avoid the wife being out there and having something stupid happen because I didn't do my job thoroughly.
Thanks guys.
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