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Unread 08-19-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Power steering problem

Just this morning my steering is acting like it is notched - I move it a bit and then it stays, move it a bit more (5 inch each time) and it stays etc.. both directions - it has been smoother than this before - never run into this b4. There is fluid in the power steering container. It is harder to turn but only for a second or so.

Any ideas? (starting to act like a manual steering vehicle)

A friend of mine said he thinks I am losing vacuum.

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Unread 08-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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Vacuum has NOTHING to do with the power steering. Your "notchiness" sounds like a power steering gear issue. Try flushing the system with new fluid. If that fails to fix it, get a new steering gear from the boneyard.
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Unread 08-20-2009, 01:52 AM   #3
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Well they looked at it - where I was getting my windshield installed and said that it is dying because of it wearing out - or because of the big tires. Regardless - I need a new pump. Now what really gets interesting is someone came along from the states to vancouver, BC and bought up almost all the jeeps available (in the last week or so) at wreckers with parts - put em in a shipping container bound back to the USA. There are no used wrecker power steering pumps in the lower mainland (near vancouver) in the city. Hmm. I have to buy a rebuilt or a new one.

I am glad I got the windshield (new) for 78 bucks as I did today.. because that is not going to happen anytime soon.
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Unread 08-20-2009, 10:52 AM   #4
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Well they looked at it - where I was getting my windshield installed and said that it is dying because of it wearing out - or because of the big tires. Regardless - I need a new pump. Now what really gets interesting is someone came along from the states to vancouver, BC and bought up almost all the jeeps available (in the last week or so) at wreckers with parts - put em in a shipping container bound back to the USA. There are no used wrecker power steering pumps in the lower mainland (near vancouver) in the city. Hmm. I have to buy a rebuilt or a new one.

I am glad I got the windshield (new) for 78 bucks as I did today.. because that is not going to happen anytime soon.
I don't think your issue is in the pump. It's more likely a steering GEAR BOX issue (the thing that's connected to the steering linkage.)
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