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F350 Power steering problems

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by gkaneii, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. gkaneii

    gkaneii Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I have a 99 F350 with 7.3 and I am have power steering problems when not under power. I have found out they they are notorius for lack of vaccum. Does anyone have a fix for this issue?
     
  2. wewille

    wewille Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Where in wisconsin are you? Is it just hard to turn at slow speeds? If so next time rev the engine up a bit and see if it is easier to turn. They dont use vaccum for power steering.
     
  3. gkaneii

    gkaneii Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Roberts, WI.....The steering is ok under power but yes at slow speed especially when on the brakes it get bad and if at stand still there is now power assist at all.
     
  4. wewille

    wewille Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Most likely your powersteering pump is junk. If you rev it up a bit and assist is better then id slap a pump on it. I imagine the brake pedal gets hard as well? If so then definitly suspect the pump. Your quite aways away from me, if you were closer I'd be glad to help solve your problem. Did you get much snow yesterday?
     
  5. gkaneii

    gkaneii Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    ya the pump does get hard. Thanks for the info! We only go a dusting here but about 50 miles east got around 8 inches.
     
  6. wewille

    wewille Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I would then recommend the pump. It should solve your problem. Yea we just got a dusting as well, some stuck in the grass, and alot of slush on the roads, we are in Oregon, so few hours south of you. The snow must have slipped in between us!
     
  7. morecoffee

    morecoffee Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 7

    You could try sucking our or draining our as much of the old ps fluid and possible and replace it with new fluid. I think that will improve it, unless you have already tried this. It may not be a complete fix though.
     
  8. dana60f250

    dana60f250 Member
    Messages: 47

    I just replaced my pump wow what a differnce. like brand new