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I have a 1999 dodge ram 1500 that i just bought and it has…

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I have a 1999 dodge ram 1500 that i just bought and it has been sitting but the wheel wont turn to the right why would this be happening? could it be frozen or is it a bigger issue ?

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you have power steering? Have you checked the power steering fluid?

It turns to the left just fine thats the problem

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes i am we have a new ujoint to put in we litterally just bought it ysterday and its cold im wondering if its just frozen and possible the steering collom is blocked by something

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No thats it

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dodge
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Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago
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Hi, My name is Jay

Have you tried to turn off the engine and jack up front end and see if you can manually turn wheels back and forth freely with engine off?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
no we havent had a chance to even move it we just bought it
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago

With engine off see if you can manually turn wheels to the right? If you can turn it then you have a bad power steering gearbox. (not the pump) The power control valve that directs flow left or right in steering gear is leaking internally and gearbox will need to be replaced.

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Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
ok so if it does turn and the wheel doesnt what is the next possible problem
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago

What are you saying? You turn the steering wheel and the front wheels do not turn?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
thats why i think its just frozen cuz the wheel only turned a little bit
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago

You will need to look to see if the steering shaft from steering column to the steering gear is moving when turning the steering wheel and if it is turning the steering gear? You may have a seized ball joint or steering damper shock. You will need to raise wheels and see if you can manually move tire back and forth.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
ill be doing that after work tonight hopefully its only frozen
Dodge Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 6 months ago

Ok let me know later if you have any more questions once you can lift the tires off the ground.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
ok thank you very much
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