Hi maddog75. Welcome to the forum. Normally, all you have to do is turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock a few times to expel the air, but Fords seem to be a special case. They give a lot of people, including professionals, trouble. Very often the systems seem to work fine with no abnormal noise until you stop the engine. Then the trapped air will expand causing fluid to burp out of the reservoir onto the ground. From what I've heard, if you immediately refill the reservoir, that will prevent more air from being drawn in the next time you start the engine. You may have to do that a few times to get enough trapped air out to put an end to the burping fluid.
The alternative is to use a vacuum tool but I've never actually seen or used one. My experience comes from working at a Chrysler dealership. I've replaced a lot of rack and pinion assemblies but never had trouble bleeding their systems. Of the Fords I've worked on, I've never had a problem either after just turning the steering wheel, but the burping fluid problem is very common.
Sunday, September 5th, 2010 AT 8:14 PM