1997 Lincoln Mark VIII Power Steering Problem

Tiny
PEACOJP
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  • 1997 LINCOLN MARK VIII
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 94,000 MILES
Dear Sirs, A couple of days ago, my steering began to stick, jerk, slip or have a stiff feeling when I turned the wheel? Fluid level is OK and the belt assembly were all OK. The only thing I can figure is that the Power steering pump may be going bad? There are no leaks. Are these symptoms typical of the pump malfunctioning? I read in the manual that you should never hold a hard right or left turn for a long time or you could damage the pump. Maybe over the years this may have happened and now the pump needs to be replaced. Have you heard of these symptoms before? Could there be any other problems. Also this car has speed sensitive steering. Thank You, John Peacock
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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 AT 9:28 AM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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First thing belt replacement along with tensioner is 60k so that may be your problem there is a special tool to measure for wear on that. It may be your steering box that is screwing up as it will happen more cold than hot. The seals start to go in them. Only way to test the pump is by a pressure test which a pro will need to do. So have them check that.
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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 AT 11:18 AM
Tiny
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Also these cars cars along with Lincoln town cars and Mercury's are for ball joints to pretty rusted and make it steer kinda rough. You would also be driving and when the car would go into a dip, the car would tend to go in that direction rather than stay straight. Take a look at your ball joints and see if they are original and look rusted with probably no dust boot left on it. You can put it on a lift and try to move the wheels back and forth by hand to see. To be sure it is the ball joints. Disconnect the outer tie-rods from the steering knuckle and then move the wheels again. If it still feels stiff then I would bet its the joints.
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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 AT 12:27 PM

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