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I have a 2004 Simplicity Legacy XL 4WD. The power steering…

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I have a 2004 Simplicity Legacy XL 4WD. The power steering gets real hard to turn, intermittently, after it has run for about a half hour. It has 300 hrs on it. I changed the hydro fluid & filter but made no difference. Any ideas?
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Technician: 350matt,
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Hello

if the steering effort seems high the 1st thing to check is if the fluid level in the power steering reservoir is up to the mark ( check this when the engine is warm)

also if the drive belt on the front of the pump is in good condition and the pump isn't making any odd noises especially when you turn the steering

Then check that the tyre pressures are correct to those stated in the manual / on the door jamb sticker,

if this all seems OK then I'd jack the car up so the front wheels are off the ground and move the road wheels from lock to lock by hand feeling for any tight spots as you move it

To feel if there's a worn strut top bearing then lightly hold the spring by hand and have your assistant move the steering from left to right with the wheel on the ground - a worn bearing will feel 'notchy' through the spring. The wheel needs to be on the ground for the test to load up the bearing

if its tight throughout the movement this could be a faulty steering rack or a seized strut top bearing

if you've been getting any strange clonking or 'boings' from the front suspension this points to a worn strut top

if there are tight patches of movement then its likely that a steering column universal joint is seizing up

so try dousing the joints one at a time in WD40 - or similar penetrating oil and turning the wheel in between to see if this makes any difference

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There is no power steering belt. The power steering runs off of hydrostat fluid and the hydro fluid is at the correct level on the dip stick.
Technician: 350matt,
 replied 1 year ago

hello

OK I saw legacy and for some reason assumed it was a subaru car not a small tractor

I'll opt out

good luck

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