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F150 POWER STEERING PROBLEM

1988 Ford F-150

Steering problem
1988 Ford F150 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 150K miles

Replaced power steering gear box and now power steering does not turn wheels. Power steering pump is not working (no sound at all!)
I dropped the steering column extension rod and two pieces of broken metal that appears to be a shim fell out from from inside of extension rod. Does this shim appearing part affect electrical contact to power steering pump action.
Do I need to add gear box lubricant or does steering fluid lubricate pump.
Need truck for work!
Thank you Eduardo.
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Eduardo Trevino
March 8, 2010.



Hi Eduardo,

Thank you for the donation.

The power steering system utilises hydraulic fluids to provide assist. After replacement of the gear box, you wuold need to top up the fluids at the pump and turning the steering from lock to lock a few times to bleed the system before it can operate properly.

Process should be done with engine running and front wheel off the ground.

KHLow2008
Mar 9, 2010.