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Very stiff steering on my 2001 grand marquis. when at high

Customer Question

Very stiff steering on my 2001 grand marquis. when at high idle it eases up but not much. just replaced gear box, ps pump, pressure line, pitman arm.
JA: How many miles are on the car? What size is the engine?
Customer: 147000 kms/91000 miles
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: steering gear box, pump, pressure line, and pitman arm just replaced today. it was performing better with the older parts on.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: all steering connections have been lubricated, when hosted up steering turns freely
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Mercury
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 12 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.

Were these repairs done in hopes of addressing this issue?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
took the car to a friend mechanic, all parts were replaced accordingly, no leaks were detected. When running the engine, can see the pump circulating the fluid, however, when revving up, can hear whining same sound when ps fluid is low.
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
With older parts installed, steering was sticking less, however, when I would make a turn physically had to center the steering wheel as it did not on its own. And after the parts were replaced, the stiff steering got worse.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 12 months ago.

Is your car equipped with electronic variable assist power steering?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Not sure. Everything looks mechanical, however, only 1 plug connecting to the power steering pump. No other sensors or connectors.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 12 months ago.

Last question since you do have EVO steering since there is a plug. Do you have air suspension?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
No air suspension. As mentioned when idling hi, I can hear whining sound same sounds when ps reservoir is low
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 12 months ago.

As long as the whine and lack of assist are not from a aftermarket pump with low pressure. That means the diag steps in the links below need to be done.

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Thanks Moose.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

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Thanks Chris