Main Causes of Problems in a Ford F350 Power Steering Pump
Nothing compares to the joy of driving your Ford F350 on the road with ease and comfort. This is what your car's power steering system was made for-to make sure that you are able to turn the vehicle's wheels easier and smoother. This component is one of the things that contribute to the smoothness of your ride. However, your power steering system will not be able to do its job right with a busted power steering pump. Here's a little help in finding out the most common problems that your power steering pump encounters and what causes these failures:
Looseness in the steering system
Looseness in your Ford F350's steering system can be caused by an internal failure of the steering gear, faulty in the rack-and-pinion unit, or as simple as the fluid levels not being maintained at their recommended levels. Usually, it's the excessively worn components inside that disable the steering shaft to directly transmit input to the steering linkage causing play in the steering wheel. Another possible cause for this problem would be the air entrapment that may result to delayed or over reaction in the steering system.
High steering effort, road wander, and poor recovery
These problems are usually caused by your tires being under-inflated. It's best to always check your tires because unbalanced and improperly mounted tires can result to excessive fluid heat or shimmy. Make it a habit to check your tires for signs of alignment problems such as tire cupping and abnormal wear. Also, make sure that the front alignment has already been checked before you begin troubleshooting.
Leaking out of the reservoir
Leaking in your Ford F350's power steering system cannot be avoided as most power steering reservoirs in cars are made of plastic. Due to the constant heat under the hood, this plastic material will become brittle overtime, crack, and result to a power steering leak. The rubbers seals on your car's power steering reservoir may also be one of the culprits behind the leaking problems. Just like the reservoirs, these rubber seals may also get brittle overtime and begin to leak the power steering fluid. Other causes of leakage include the plastic cap and the rubber hoses on some power steering units. Aside from age, strong impact may cause these plastic caps and rubber hoses to become distorted or brittle and result to a fluid leak.