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    Hi guys, I noticed some malfunction on my power steering. Level of fluid is good, no leak, belt tension is good. Iíd like to hear some advise before I go any further.
    Itís working fine but randomly it stops then catch it again and so on so on. Any suggestions?
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    Does the fluid have bubbles floating in it when it does this? There could be a seal in the pump that is sucking air and causing a no-assist condition. There could also be an issue with the variable assist if equipped. I'm assuming you mean that the steering suddenly gets difficult (turns into manual steering) then returns to normal. Also, if this is during fast steering input only and not just casual turning, you may be exceeding the momentary capacity of the system. I have that issue with my 93 and my wife's 2000 when doing quick turns and it will fight me when trying to center the wheels to go straight in the new direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Does the fluid have bubbles floating in it when it does this? There could be a seal in the pump that is sucking air and causing a no-assist condition. There could also be an issue with the variable assist if equipped. I'm assuming you mean that the steering suddenly gets difficult (turns into manual steering) then returns to normal. Also, if this is during fast steering input only and not just casual turning, you may be exceeding the momentary capacity of the system. I have that issue with my 93 and my wife's 2000 when doing quick turns and it will fight me when trying to center the wheels to go straight in the new direction.
    Thanks for replying Sly! Yes, it behaves as you described.


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    How long does the "manual" sterering feel last? Very momentary, or stays around for a bunch of degrees of steering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM_Guy View Post
    How long does the "manual" sterering feel last? Very momentary, or stays around for a bunch of degrees of steering?
    About 3 to 5 seconds. And doesnít matter how much I turn .


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    Quote Originally Posted by uraxon View Post
    About 3 to 5 seconds. And doesnít matter how much I turn .


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    Just checked for those bubbles. No bubbles at all. What did you mean about the overloaded system? Thank you!


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    The system can only handle so much steering input before it will load up and can't push any more. It's usually the change of direction (turning one way then going back to center) that is the problem. You're not having that issue and it sounds like the pump is not the issue (as far as the seals are concerned). It may be the variable assist valve that's being an issue. If you have an electrical connection to the power steering pump, disconnect it and it should default to full assist at all times. If you still have the issue after that, there's probably something binding in the system or the fluid needs flushed or the pump or rack has a fluid bypass issue that's bypassing the assist pressure.

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    Believe this thread needs to be moved to the Aero/Whales.

    ***Only applicable if you live in a state that uses road salt, or the car resided in a state that used it previously - sounds like you have binding steering shafts under the hood. Grab a can of WD-40 and shoot at each steering joint you see under the hood, see if it makes it better.
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    Its probably the steering shaft. The '03+ cars use a funky tripple u-joint setup where the shaft meets the steering rack due to the odd angle in that spot. The u-joints are known to bind up with age causing the steering to feel momentarily heavy until you get past the position where its binding. This will be especially bad after the car has been parked awhile, like overnight, on a damp day as the failing joint will want to lock up until its been moved a few times. The lower steering shaft was recalled on all '05-'11 Panthers for this exact issue, however I believe there was a caveat in the recall that it only applied to cars in the "rust belt", but I've heard of people outside of the rust belt successfully getting Ford to honor the recall after demonstrating the issue involved. If you want to try it out, take a good penetrating oil and hose down the u-joints and work the wheel back and forth, and repeat a few times, if that resolves the problem then at least you know what it is even if that is a temporary solution. My '96 suffered from the problem due to having sat for several years, they only have 1 exposed u-joint in them like a box body but they can suffer the same issue, since there wasn't any play in the joint I just hosed it with penetrating oil every 6 months or so and the issue never returned.
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    Yeah, that shaft recall is done, they did it like two years ago. But I will try to spray it. Will see what happened. Thanks a lot guys for your help!


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    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Believe this thread needs to be moved to the Aero/Whales.
    Good catch... moved.

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    Well, I did spray both joints and also find out that the heat shield is loose. And interfere with shaft. Iím not sure if that might cost the problem but after removing the shield I did a test drive and problem disappeared.


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    Probably a combination of things, but removing the contact issue will probably solve the issue in the short term. It should be re-attached securely to prevent heat damage though. Using some grease on the joints and on the slip shaft of the steering shaft will also help with binding. Something that won't flash off like regular WD-40. A penetrating lube would work, especially when coated with some axle grease. I make sure to keep my wife's 2000 lubed since that shaft is also prone to binding but wasn't included in the recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uraxon View Post
    Well, I did spray both joints and also find out that the heat shield is loose. And interfere with shaft. I’m not sure if that might cost the problem but after removing the shield I did a test drive and problem disappeared.


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    Put that back on and tighten the bolts down if you can. That shield prevents the joints getting too hot from the heat of the exhaust manifold which will prematurely dry up any grease and stiffen them up!

    At least you found the issue though.
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    I spray mine regularily with motorcycle chain lube. Seems to work, no heat shield on my car when I got it, havn't given that a second thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM_Guy View Post
    I spray mine regularily with motorcycle chain lube. Seems to work, no heat shield on my car when I got it, havn't given that a second thought.
    Or you can do this. I like this idea BTW.

    But since most people are adverse to maintaining their car... the heat shield sticks around
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    The problem with the heat shield is that its make of tin foil. Look at it wrong and it bends, ever think about salted roads and it rots off. I actually didn't even know the '03+ cars had them until I saw one in a brand new '11, every single '03+ car I've seen has had it missing because it rusted off. Its not that they work loose, its that they disintegrate.
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    Bending don't matter, but the rotting off part doesn't help any...mines missing on my blue 03. But im also missing 3 studs/nuts on each manifold that rotted off -project for another day. Which will probably involve visiting a northern garage that deals with rust cause that's outa scope for my work ability.
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