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power steering question

Discussion in 'Under the Hood' started by Mike Halfway, September 16, 2002.

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  1. Mike Halfway

    Mike Halfway New Member

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    '91 sport 4.0L,5.5 suspension(superlift),33x12.50 HI-tech RETREADS, Flowmaster (true duels),Pro comp manuel hubs,etc

    I have my truck a little over three years and im very used to the whiny sound of my 4.0 L and power steering, but just wondering on any suggestions to minimizing the sound or eraticating it all together, any suggestions ?
     
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  3. gg97

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    I had the pump changed on my 97. Ford had to go through three of them to get a good one.

    Even this one makes a little noise.
     
  4. Crankcase

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    How loud is it? Is it louder than the engine at idle? All power steering pumps make quite a bit of noise....:)
     
  5. aldive

    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    Mine quietened down considerably when I changed to synthetic PS fluid.
     
  6. Paul Gagnon

    Paul Gagnon Poseur SUV Moderator Emeritus

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    You have to bleed the air out of the system. Once you do that the pump will quieten down quite a bit.
     
  7. Slick Rick

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    Hey aldive
    Other than Valvoline, are there any other brand names that make a synthetic power steering fluid? How does Valvolines synthetic work? One more thing, is the power steering pump in the X's a POS? I ask because it almost never comes up on this board, so I never really here about it. Or does it hold up well?
     
  8. Crankcase

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    I would think it is pretty good, as it hardly ever comes up for discussion, even with all the guys here using it to turn 33" and bigger tires every day.:eek:
     
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    It may be loud, but I don't think its a POS. They rarely fail, that's why you don't read much about them. They're just very whiny..
     






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