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Old 04-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Power steering fluid comes out the cap, pump makes noise and it is hard to steer. I can see fluid in the reservoir, on hood insulation, all over pump cap and AC unit. I guess fluid is coming out the hole in the cap.

This started right after I replaced the AC compressor. I had to remove the high pressure line from power steering pump to do so. I turned wheels lock to lock a few times to bleed and that didnt fix it.

Now I am thinking when the line was off the pump it got dirt or such in the line. Seems a plugged line would explain all of the symptoms.

How do I trouble shoot this?
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Power steering fluid comes out the cap, pump makes noise and it is hard to steer. I can see fluid in the reservoir, on hood insulation, all over pump cap and AC unit. I guess fluid is coming out the hole in the cap.

This started right after I replaced the AC compressor. I had to remove the high pressure line from power steering pump to do so. I turned wheels lock to lock a few times to bleed and that didnt fix it.

Now I am thinking when the line was off the pump it got dirt or such in the line. Seems a plugged line would explain all of the symptoms.

How do I trouble shoot this?
De airing the PS takes a little patience. Suck the foamy fluid out, and replace it. Start, ilde, turn the wheels back and forth, stop. Suck the fluid out, repeat, repeat, after a few the fluid will be free of air bubbles and it will be OK. I removed a PS to put in a new seal. All empty. It only took maybe 3 or 4 cycles to be quiet.

I doubt air will ever get out under driving conditions.

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The Ford procedure is on the second page of this thread:
Priming PS System/Adding ATF.
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The Ford procedure is on the second page of this thread:
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I do not think many of us have a vcuum pump or a stopper.

Using the suck it out and replace it works for those. The Vac pump and stopper is quick and uses little added fluid, so it fine for the pro shop.

Now, if you are really creative, you could use engine vacuum and make a stopper.

The suck it out and replace may take 15 minutes and a quart of fluid.

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