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Old 07-30-2019, 06:58 PM
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Hard steering at low rpm and low miles

Hey everyone. 08 jku 35s with 2.5 inch lift. Just looking to see if anyone can help me troubleshoot a problem I have. My steering gets super hard when in idle and at low mph 5-10. Sometimes it’s so hard that I need both hands and all my strength to move it (not even joking) it almost feels like it’s locked tight. But as soon as I drive or go over 1000rpm it goes back to normal. I already rebuilt the gearbox and no issues there and I replaced the power steering pump and nothing changed. The pump isn’t making any noises or anything. The fluid was flushed and there is no leaks. What else could it be? It’s been like this for a long time but I wanted to get it fixed for my weekend trip to Ouray. Am I still okay to drive it to Ouray as long as there is always fluid inside the resovoir? I have no other issues with steering other than at low rpm or low speeds Sorry for long post but at this point I’m desperate to get it fixed. 2 techs have looked at it and claim to not know what else it could be and just want me to upgrade to hydro steering (which I won’t) Thanks everyone.

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Is the belt slipping on pulley? Can you tell how much slack is in belt?

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Clogged or collapse of hose inside not visible on outside restricting fluid flow?
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Is the belt slipping on pulley? Can you tell how much slack is in belt?
No belt is fine
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Clogged or collapse of hose inside not visible on outside restricting fluid flow?
My mechanic says that he bleed the system and did a complete flush. I’m starting to wonder if there is air in the system.
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Check fluid reservoir and lines for restrictions. Trash or clogged fittings. If steering improves at higher RPMs the pump is pushing more fluid maybe moving trash or debris thru old lines. Do another flush with new fluid and get rid of the air if any in system. Rubber hoses will deteriorate inside and collapse causing restriction or debris
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