Steering porblem

Tiny
PIPEFITTER74
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  • 2004 FORD FREESTAR
Six cylinder two wheel drive automatic 135,000 miles.

I just bought this vehjicle. Recently and now when you steer, the wheel is very hard to turn the first quarter turn than it loosens up the next quarter than gets stiff again. I checked the power steering fluid and there was not any. I looked for leaks around the pump and rack and pinion and there was not any! I added fluid but it did not help and did not leak out, still full. Do you think the pump is bad or the rack and pinion? I appreciate your time and look forward to your thoughts on this!
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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 AT 8:09 PM

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Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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Hi,
Check the rack boots to tie rod ends see if they have fluid in them. When you filled resevior did you move steering wheel lock to lock several time to bleed air?
Let me know.
Thanks for donation.
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 10:49 AM
Tiny
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No fluid in rack and pinion boot filled with fluid moved steering to lock several times still was hard to steer.
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 AT 7:17 PM
Tiny
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Question is where did fluid go? Pump making any noise ie. Whine? If no most likely rack faulty. Try jacking front wheels off ground see if it gets free.
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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 AT 10:07 AM
Tiny
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Had same problem, but no leak, on my 2004 Ford Freestar. I figured it was the universal joint on steering column at the rack since it was hard about every quarter turn. I could not see how the pump or rack would cause this. I sprayed the joint liberally with Releasall, wiped it down then worked the wheel side to side about ten times then sprayed it with WD40 and turned it side to side again. I could feel it freeing up as I did this. Then I let it sit for about ten minutes and finished off with a liberal coating of sprayed on white lithium grease. Presto, works like new again!
Since it is winter here and I do not have a garage, I did all this from under the hood, without removing anything, When spring arrives I will get under the van and clean it up again and pack some good axle grease in there. Cost virtually nothing and about thirty minutes of my time.

Hope this might help some other souls.
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Saturday, January 24th, 2015 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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Same problem; it was the U joint on the steering shaft. Got a one inch paintbrush and duct taped it to a two foot long stick and painted PB Blaster all over it while my son ran the steering all the way left and right. Let her rest for an hour then repeated with 30 wt oil. Then repeated slathering the whole joint with grease. You can reach it shining a light through right to the upper right of the engine. Easy fix.
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Monday, April 18th, 2016 AT 7:47 PM

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