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nice1
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2/08/2008
02:58:39

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2002 3.9 2wd

i was having problems with my power steering and had the whole front end checked out and aligned and everything is ok. was told either the rack or pump. i have 82,000 on the truck and no leaks anywhere. it didn't feel like the rack as i had no binding or hanging up and smooth turning. the steering feels stiff and springy almost like air in the lines but i've bled and flushed multiple times. no signs of air in reservoir or foaming and also fluid very clean, can see to bottom of reservoir. tried some lucas additive and hasn't helped, still a springy type feel when going into turns. i have tried different air pressures as well and still does it. i run the tires at about 36psi. it feels like maybe the rack isn't getting enough pressure. i replaced the pump and also the lines as well. i noticed that the factory lines were very flimsy and easy to pinch. also noticed that the factory return line has a coupling about 6 inches into the line before it connects to the pump. looks like some sort of pressure fitting as it narrows the width of the line. the aftermarket return line does not have this coupling on it. could my pressure problems be because of not having this fitting on the return line? another thing i noticed is the reservoir is at cold line when cold but after running it and warming up the rack the fluid level never reaches the "hot" mark, only gets about halfway up. fluid under pressure will expand right? so if it's not expanding to reach the hot mark then i'd say it's pressure related. i thought maybe there could be a bad seal in the rack itself but i though the lucas would help if it was. should racks go bad with only 82,000 on them? the pump does complain alot. it's not bearing noise but rather like hydraulic pressure noise which seems louder than normal pressure noise in a pump. anyone experience this at all. help please!



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2/11/2008
00:23:28

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anyone????



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2/11/2008
13:08:48

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WOW, that is a problem, I have a 4wd, and my brother has a 2wd, we run the tires around 32 psi and I always keep my pump resovoir OVER full, I know that sounds crazy but, it seems to keep things smoother than regular, sorry I couldn't be of much help there. Maybe try an aftermarket pump if you wanna spend some money!!! Sounds to me though, like that pump is GONE



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2/12/2008
00:59:45

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already put an aftermarket on. it acted the same with with the OEM pump. reason i replaced it was cause i though it was the pump but after i replaced it i had very bad foaming and air bubbles in the pump. i bled the crap out of it and still couldn't solve it. i replaced the pressure and return lines and no more foaming or air bubbles but now have this springy steering kind of feel to it. some say the problemm is the rebuilt pump which i don't disagree with but they should work for a little bit. If someone only could tell me why that pressure fitting is in the OEM return line it would solve my problem i think. Or i could just buy an OEM return line and put it on and see.



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2/12/2008
16:15:45

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What type of fluid did you use in it?

If you used ATF, flush and refill with power steering fluid.



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2/12/2008
23:39:19

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i used atf+4 like the manual said. it came factory with the atf+4 and considered trying power steering fluid but didn't want to mess it up. would power steering fluid work better and why? thanks



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