I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota that has had some sterring issues. It feels like the power steering pump went bad. I replaced it three different times, each time pulling a vacuum on the system after replacing. Each time the same symptoms occurred. I noticed that the steering seems more difficult in the colder months but still is bad when it is warm. I also noticed while driving there are points in the turning radius where it seems like the pump is working and when I get past a certain point or slow down to a stop it gets bad again. I have been told by a local mechanic I should replace the rack but he wasn't sure that would fix the issues. I have done a fair amount of research online and this seems to be a common problem for this particular vehicle but the fix does not seem so common. In fact in many cases it is not fixed after all options are exhausted. I want to make sure I check all the obvious solutions before I change out the rack. Can you offer any assistance?
Country: United StatesMake: DodgeModel: DakotaYear: 2004Engine: V8
Changed out the power steering pump and greased the steering column knuckle.
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If you are having hard spots in the steering then it is the rack and pinion that is faulty and needs to be replaced.. The power sterring pump doesn't know where the steering is..
Is the hard spot in the same place everytime or different?
And does the rack have any leaks?
Its hard to tell. But when it is stopped or moving slowing it seems hard in all areas of the turning radius.
The pump seems to moan in no/slow speeds as well
And you have installed 3 different pumps?
i wanted to rule out a bad pump. I checked for leaks and none exist.
Yes I totally agree that it is a faulty rack and pinion.. For the fact that you have installed 3 pumps and for your system there is a pump-lines-and rack .. It will have to be a faulty rack and pinion.
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Will do. You have a great 4th as well.
15 Yrs Chrysler/Dodge Technician..ASE Master Certified(L-1)
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