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Old 12-06-2018, 07:06 PM
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how to diagnose steering issues

my 2004 is getting hard to steer!!! has 227,000 miles on her. original pump and rack. pump does not make any buzzing noise. I put front up on stands, pulled return line and extended it into gallon jug. I started truck, turned wheel back and forth while watching reservoir. I kept filling reservoir, repeating until I was confident I had fresh fluid thru system.
Truck just steers hard. I think all the suspension/ tier rod ends are good. trying to determine if pump or rack needs replaced
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:14 PM
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Have you checked the lower ball joints for free play?
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:40 PM
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WITHOUT starting the truck while it's on jack stands, how does the steering feel?
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:18 PM
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What did you use for fluid? The only stuff you should use is Mercon V-compatible ATF.
 


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