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Old 03-13-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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Steering help PLEASE!!

I am having trouble solving this problem. I went muddin the other day. when i got back i noticed my steering starting to get sticky. when i turn either way it gets hard to steer but then gets easy again then gets hard again. it happens in the same spot every time. i did replace the belt but i dont think it is a power steering problem. I dont know if this is normal but when the front end is jacked up there is air coming out of the power steering reservoir cap.

If anyone can help please

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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thats a good one, start simple, make sure undercarriage is clean, you didn't leave a tree in your axle right? grease the front end, jack up front and move wheels back and forth by hand, if it seizes in a spot, or gets too hard, then it is in the links or gear box somewhere. if not, sounds like power steering, most likely pump, maybe flush power steering fluid before trying replacing parts. after that, diagnosis a pump is a little more difficult, you have to determine if its sending the correct pressure. sometimes if you take the belt off, the shaft in the pump is broken, and turns some, or most of the time, with the belt off if the shaft is broke,you can pull the pulley right off.
hope that helps, good luck

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Old 03-14-2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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Had a similar sinptom on my 89, turned out to be then u-joints on the steering shaft between the steering box and the steering column.
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Try jacking the front wheels off the ground..I usually knock off the drag link or the pitman arm.Push your tires back and forth by hand (see if you have sticky spot)If not, that eliminates any front end components.Then turn your steering wheel back and forth(without pitman arm or drag link attatched)And truck not running.If you have a sticky spot still you just eliminated the p.s. pump because the truck wasn't running.So now your down to the U joints or the box.I'm gonna bank on the box.But i hope it's just the joints.You should be able to figurre it from there.Hope was more help than confusing.Good luck
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