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Power steering (3rd gens)

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Banksy, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    The last storm I plowed, my steering became tougher and the fluid was really hot. Do any of you Dodge owners experience this? Is the pump weak or was it because I was using the steering a lot? This started towards the end of the day and it's fine the rest of the year. What can I do to help the PS? I can't help using the steering obviously, so.....
    My Fords never had this problem.
  2. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    My '03 started to do that, but it would only do that when the plow was on. I wound up selling it before fixing it,but I would assume the power steering pump was on the way out.
  3. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I was thinking of installing a Rock Ram steering system. The stock pump and box are replaced with a new pump and box and a hydraulic ram is added to the axle and steering linkage. It's about $1000, so it's just a thought.

    I'll change out the fluid....maybe that will help.
  4. oldbluehairhemi

    oldbluehairhemi Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    some of those truck have power steering cooler on them. i would follow the lines from the pump and box and see where they go. it doesn't make any weird noises does it?
  5. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    It did whine a little. I don't think it has a cooler (if I remember right).
  6. oldbluehairhemi

    oldbluehairhemi Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    what does the fluid level look like? it may just be low.
  7. sportfury70

    sportfury70 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    If it has a cooler it is mounted in the front just behind the bumper. I have had people think it was a tranny cooler. I had a similiar problem. I flushed system and it works better. My 04 steers better the colder it is.
  8. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,577

    It has a cooler all the Diesels do. There are two hoses that go up to the hydro boost remove them and make sure the plastic hose inside the rubber hose did not let loose if it did just remove the plastic hose.
  9. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Do any of you know which hose is the pressure line? I'd like to drain all the fluid and replace it.

    Thanks for the replies.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Follow the lines back from the cooler. One should run back to the resivoir. This one would be the low pressure side. I will look at mine today to confirm.
  11. nalegtx

    nalegtx Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    DAFFMOBILE you are correct