This problem is very unsafe for any driver. The vehicle was not repaired. Well after taking a look around I could see that the power steering pump shaft seal was leaking and the pulley was slinging the fluid onto the underside of my hood. Also, it happened originally when my wife was driving with a similar requirement to do a sudden correction but in this case she was traveling less than 40 miles an hour on a city street when again the front end went into a major oscillation and difficult to bring back under control and the car back to center. Avoid holding wheel against stops in full left or right position. Lower and road test vehicle.
Once I tapped the shim into place I was able to remove the high pressure line flare nut. Most orders are shipped the same day. Ford introduced the Taurus in 1986. Raise the hood of the vehicle and locate the power steering pump on the right side of the engine towards the front. Now that the pulley is removed you can see the fluid on the front of the pump. The next step is to get the coolant reservoir out of the way. I was told that I needed a special teflon o-ring seal and a special tool to install the seal on the hose.
It is just a means to share some of the things I learned while repairing my Mercury Sable and I hope you find the information helpful. I was informed that I can have it towed to day Ford. Install vacuum tester onto reservoir. When we tighten the nut to the pump we are still able to move the high pressure hose in and out and it at that point. No warning sign when gave out, have older chevy that gave noticeable warning when things are going out. When I drove on the freeway I could feel the system coming in and our of power, this caused a very dangerous sensation as I never knew when power steering would be active and if I had to do an accident avoidance move at high speed I would not be able to due to the lack of power steering.
The failure mileage was approximately 95,000. Operate engine for 2-3 minutes. The pump still leaked badly. The pump was replaced again with, yes, you guessed it, another re-manufactured power steering pump. On April 28, 2009 john called me back and informed me that the problem was the power steering pump and the high pressure line that needed to be replaced. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to turn.
Noticed after car was shut off fluid is coming out of vent in the cap and frothy? So then I checked the power steering fluid it was empty so I filled it up and it leaked out as fast as I could put it in. They saw fluid on various areas and assumed a leak. If that is the case, the system is leaking and another part may be at fault. Please provide any fruther information. Now I know I can replace the belt without any tools Next I needed a way to catch the fluid from the power steering reservoir and hose when I disconnected the hose from the pump.
As a result, I took my car immediately to a local Ford dealership. When I had an estimate done they said it was the power steering pump and rack. When I looked this up on line all I kept reading was it's a common problem but I didn't see anything about a recall. . Have installed the Teflon ring and neoprene o ring. Five months later consumer noticed same type of leak again.
Test drove to verify operation. The fitting may also have a valve and spring with it. Answer: Did you swap out the fitting from the old pump to the new pump? I bought a rebuilt pump from a local auto parts store. When the fluid is low, it often indicates a leak, which makes it difficult to turn the steering wheel. Operate steering for 2 minutes, or until power steering fluid reaches operating temperature. No telling what would have happened had this occurred during winter driving or wet roads. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle.
They tri ed to get the part, but were unable. It would work some times and then completely fail leaving only manual steering without power assist. I've looked online, and talked to friends who own garages, these cars are scrap. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000. Removing the pulley was a quite a work out. The work was done at mileage 85462. After the compressor was in, I reconnected the power steering pressure hose with a new seal.