Mechanics

FORD F-150 STEERING PROBLEM

2007 Ford F-150 • 85,000 miles

My steering gets real stiff right and left then then suddenly easy, then after awhile it does it again, is my power steering pump going bad
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Markpeters1
March 2, 2013.



Power steering pumps don't typically fail intermittently, then work again. There are some that get weak and don't produce enough pressure at idle. There can also be internal leakage in the spool valve of rack and pinion steering gears. That will cause intermittent power assist when the fluid is still cold, but it almost always affects turning in only one direction first, then the other direction weeks later. For what you described I would suspect the drive belt for the pump is slipping. If your engine uses a spring-loaded tensioner pulley, check that to be sure it's not rusted tight and that it is holding sufficient tension on the belt. Have a helper turn the steering wheel back and forth with the engine running while you dribble a little water on the belt.

Caradiodoc
Mar 2, 2013.
Thanks for the reply, I will give it a try and let ya know what happens. Thanks so much

Tiny
Markpeters1
Mar 2, 2013.