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Unread 04-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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Wj Power steering suddenly gone stiff

Got my Jeep back last week after having injectors and steering box replaced,
all was fine until today, I was checking the steering and turned it full lock to left and then to the right with the engine running, but wheels on the ground, it turned fine, but then when I went to turn it back to centre, and it went all stiff, now it's hardly turning at all, tried to take it round the block to see if it would get better, it started turning easier up to about 10 to and 10 past, but still stiff beyond that, and went stiff again when I tried after, can't see any signs of a leak, power steering fluid seems full, although I can hear a slight hissing sound coming from a pipe, but can't see anything leaking from it, really don't know where to start looking

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Try bleeding It with the cap off and turning the wheels, I think that's the bleed procedure.
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Unread 04-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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I did think about trying that, but wasn't sure if that was the right thing to do,
do I just take the cap off and try turning the wheel with the engine running?
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I did think about trying that, but wasn't sure if that was the right thing to do,
do I just take the cap off and try turning the wheel with the engine running?
Yep take the cap off and turn the wheels both ways lock to lock with engine running.
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I you see air bubbles doing that shut off engine and cycle steering 10 times. Stopping on occasion to let air bubbles go away.
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Unread 04-23-2015, 02:06 PM   #6
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I've took it round the block again, when it's driving the steering loosens off
to the point where it's almost normal, but feels stiff when I try to turn too much,
but as soon as I get home and try reversing it on idle it goes stiff again,
it's getting dark now, so I'll sleep on it and try again tomorrow,

also I don't know if it's just coincidence, but the Airbag warning light came on just half an hour before the steering started playing up,
never had any warning lights till today
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Unread 04-23-2015, 11:51 PM   #7
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Been out to the Jeep this morning, definitely no signs of a leak,
I topped up the power steering res last night, and I've noticed the fluid level has gone down a little bit,
but it's still doing the same thing, very stiff when the engine is on idle, but loosens off up to a 1/4 turn each way when I drive it,
then goes stiff again when I'm parking it
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Hallo try this
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Unread 04-24-2015, 11:20 PM   #9
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OK, bleeding it, isn't making any difference, there are no signs of a leak,
so what would be the next thing to check? could it be the pump?,
it seems strange that the power steering is only working, when I'm driving it,
but won't work when the engine is on idle
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I heard that could be a steering box problem.
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I heard that could be a steering box problem.
I really hope not, since it had a reconditioned steering box fitted just 2 weeks ago
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I had stiff steering at slow speeds and while stopped and chose to replace the pump first. Didn't fix it replacing the steering box fixed it.
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I really hope not, since it had a reconditioned steering box fitted just 2 weeks ago
I think your reman box failed.
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I heard that could be a steering box problem.
Steering box could be adjusted too tight. Turn adjusting bolt out 1 turn.
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I think I know what's going on with the power steering,
I said it works fine when driving, and it's only stiff when idle,
I also have a faulty clockspring (airbag waring, no horn ect)
and found out last night that this can also cause the enigine to go into low idle mode,
could this explain why the steering is only stiff when it's on idle, but fine as soon as I move?
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