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Power steering

Digitalgp

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My ‘15 xlt is giving me issues with the power steering. The other day going into work the power steering assist felt very weak. It wasn’t gone but the steering required more effort than usual. On top of that there are no lights on. I remembered reading in the past to restart and the power steering would work again, but that was on cases where the power assist was completely lost and the light was on. When I did restart it there was no difference. Everything I read pertains to the earlier years like ‘11-13 where there was a recall, but in my case since mine was not part of that recall I would have to pay out of pocket. From what I am told it can be anything from a simple reflash to most likely a $1400 rack from the dealer not including any additional hardware or labor.

Are there any good aftermarket options out there or is OE or used the only way to go?
 




peterk9

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I'm not aware of anyone having installed an aftermarket unit. Also, according to posts in the thread about the power steering issue, a reflash was not the answer. Basically, it was just a waste of time getting it done.

Peter
 




Digitalgp

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That sucks. I did find a couple reman units after searching online. The only one I would trust is the Napa which is $700-something & comes with a limited lifetime warranty on parts only. I definitely want a decent warranty with a pricy job like this. The only other option is used & those run about as much as the remans & obviously the warranty varies from 30-90 days or some I can purchase to upgrade up to a year...still parts only and used can be dicey. Despite the cost I still like the idea of the Ford one since they're supposed to have updates on it & the 2 year unlimited warranty with parts & labor coverage which it probably where everyone is at when it comes to this.

I haven't driven it all weekend, but this morning I had to take it into work since my wife needed her car & my other car is out of commission. The strange thing is still no light or warning on & the power assist did come back online as I was driving, but went out again as I was driving on my lunch break. Am I causing any more damage by driving without the assist like on a hydraulic system?
 




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