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Our 93 Taurus Wagon with 170k has a steering problem. The steering wheel seems to push back a bit when you turn it. There are no leaks in the power steering system and the power steering pump was replaced 30K ago. Also there is excessive wear on the inside shoulder of the front tire on the left side of the vehicle. Any ideas on what the problem could be? Thanks

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Along with what Paul said, could also be a binding strut bearing causing the resistance to turning.
 

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Is there any popping noise when at a stop and turning the wheels?
 

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Is there any popping noise when at a stop and turning the wheels?
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No. When I changed the struts a few years ago I installed the bearing plate from Ford that goes on top of the strut unit. That cured the grinding and popping that you could hear when turning at a stop.

The tie rod ends are tight as are the ball joints.

I noticed that the sway bar end links are trashed on both sides. I will be changing these today. It appears that there is some looseness in the steering rack. Is there any adjustment on the rack?
 

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My '93 would get a funny pulsation when turning. I've always heard that this was a bad rack.
 
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