Mechanics

POWER STEERING FLUID EVERY WHERE AND IS LEAKING FROM, TOP OF THE GEAR BOX?

2000 Ford F-350 • 90,000 miles

My truck is a supper-duty with a suspension lift kit and big tires. Last night while maneuvering around the pump at the gas station I lost power steering. When I got out I found red color fluid all over the floor and even splashed up onto the battery, a guy at the gas station said its because the big tires are a lot harder to turn and that created a lot of pressure and blew the gasket in the top of the steering gear box. Looking closer I found that the fluid is leaking from under the plate in the top of the steering gear box, I also found that the brakes became very hard to push. Why did this happen, what needs to be replaced, and how do I prevent it from happening again? How do I fix and prevent from happening again?
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Oneofthedogs01
February 26, 2012.




It sounds like the O-ring on top of the gearbox blew out. I've never heard of big tires causing this. You could put a larger pulley on the power steering pump to reduce the pressure it produces.

Rivermikerat
Feb 26, 2012.


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