Power Steering Issue

Tiny
SADEGD
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  • 2004 DODGE DAKOTA
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
2004 Dodge Dakota-Power steering pump is full of fluid, no play in the steering wheel to indicate tie-rods but the truck steers like there is no power steering. Suggestions?
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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 AT 1:02 AM

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Tiny
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Increase engine speed. If power assist returns, the vanes are worn in the pump. If that doesn't help, pull forward on the pulley, (engine stopped). If it moves forward, the shaft is broken.

If neither of those things is the problem, you'll need an inline pressure tester to determine if the pump is not supplying pressure or if there is internal leakage in the rack and pinion assembly.
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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 AT 1:34 AM

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