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Old 09-10-2009, 12:45 PM
vehder vehder is offline
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Default Power steering POP!

A couple months ago my Ranger (2.3 manul 4spd) started whining during turns. I discovered that the power steering fluid was leaking very slowly from somewhere. I simply just added a little more every few weeks and that seemed to help though the steering became increasingly difficult when it was not moving. Yesterday it seemed like the accelerator was stuck and the engine revved hard. I stomped on the pedal a few times and the revving stopped but almost immediately I heard a pop followed by a slow wine that sounded like a ballon leaking air. Then came the squeal and burning smell. I added more fluid and by morning it was gone.
Okay, so the pump is no longer turning and the smoke sound and smell is the belt slipping past it. The pump or a hose was leaking and my guess the pop was a seal or something bursting. Here are the questions....
Replacing the pump is the logical step, should any other components be replaced during this repair? I understand that I need the special ford tool but are there any other pitfalls to this repair?
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:13 PM
blueovelboy blueovelboy is offline
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check the line for clogs and leaks and is there a gear box? if so check it to for foren debris and leakes!!!
09 XL reg cab
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