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post #1 of 4 Old 05-07-2009, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Had a steering issue before seafoaming, starting to get better

I seafoamed my 5.2 yesterday two different ways. Did half the can through the brake booster vacuum line to the intake manifold, and around 4 - 5 oz in the throttle body.

It smoked like crazy, which is always a good sign. The thing is, before seafoaming the engine, I've been having a steering problem where the steering gets insanely difficult to turn when you are at a stop or real slow. I know it's not my VC because I don't have wheel hopping.

Anyhow - after the seafoaming and letting all that crap burn out, I noticed my car is not locking the steering up as bad, it's like 70% more easy to turn now.

What I'm wondering here is that is there a vacuum line that goes to the power steering pump or something that provides vacuum to assist steering and could've been cleaned out when I seafoamed yesterday? The power steering fluid levels are fine, and were not touched.

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Oh yeah. Forgot to mention, the car used to have a pretty nasty shudder and idle drop at stops. Seems a lot better now, but the idle drop and shudder are still kind of noticeable.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-07-2009, 02:15 PM
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nope, probably just fixed a low idle that was keeping your ps pump from spinning at decent rpms.

'97 zj 5.2, some stuff, some other suff, and some things that even work sometimes.

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Have you ever changed out your power steering fluid? I had a bit of a whine starting in mine awhile back and I changed the fluid out and it has run perfect since. It's just a thought and it's only like $5-$10 for power steering fluid.


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