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Old 11-04-2010, 05:26 PM
98rangerxlt 98rangerxlt is offline
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Default Power steering issue.

Hey guys, i am having an issue with my power steering on my truck. Today i flushed the power steering out, and filled with new, got all the air bled out, when i got done i parked the truck, and when i was parking it started shuddering real bad. So i checked the fluid and it was low, so i put some in, drove it around and it got better, now when i turn right real slow it shudders, but doesn't do it on left turns or so i haven't noticed. I just wanting to know what i did wrong,and how can i fix it, so if anybody has any suggestions let me know. Thanks.

PS when the truck is running the fluid level is fine, but when the truck is off the fluid level raises. Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:36 AM
rwenzing rwenzing is offline
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Default Re: Power steering issue.

There is still air in the PS system. Compressing the air is what makes the fluid level drop when the pump is running.

Try a series of slow, gentle figure eights to full right and full left in an empty lot. That will usually work the air out quickly and the shuddering will go away with it.

There's another way to do the same thing that may be a little easier on the PS internals. The front of the truck must be safely supported on jackstands in neutral with rear wheel chocks, parking brake, yada, yada. Then start the engine and turn the steering repeatedly lock to lock. Do not do this with the engine off because it tends to work more air into the system, not less.
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:42 AM
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Default Re: Power steering issue.

X2, air in the system.
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