F250 Stearing Problem Help Please.

Submitted: Friday, Apr 18, 2008 at 18:24
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I believe that my Power Stearing is not right, even after they have replaced my box ( SO THEY SAY ANYWAY). The problem is; when stationary the stearing will turn only about 45 to 50 degrees ( From 12 oclock to 8 or 4 oclock maximum) either way reasonably easily, so yes the power stearing is working a bit, BUT that's it, to get it to turn any further I would need to be a bullock driver or weight lifter or similar, When driving along the road it is fine.
The other problem is, it is worse if you put the brake on, which you need to if, you are in a tight spot or on a hill, & it sometimes is all right????
So would a few of you F250 drivers check please, on cement or bitumen to see just how far your stearing wiil turn like it should.
Regards Peter.

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Reply By: Paul and Barb - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 02:01

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 02:01
Hi Peter,

Mine is parked on a gravel driveway, but I decided to check it anyway, no problem.
I would expect the steering to be a bit heavy if I turned the steering wheel whilst stationary on bitumen, especially if it had a rough surface (more grip), perhaps someone else can check on the road.

Paul.
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Reply By: Itldoo - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 07:38

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 07:38
Hi ,
According to Ford the power steering is not supposed to take up until the vehicle is moving. I was told to increase revs whilst in gear with foot on brake then it will work better. Havent tried it yet but I believe that all F25os are the same.Would be interesting to hear from other owners if theirs are any different. Also it is much better for the vehicles power steering to be moving slightly before engaging, less wear etc.
Phil and Helen.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 17:21

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 17:21
G'day Peter,
yes... the steering wheel on my truck is somewhat firm if I try to turn it without moving but not to the extend that I have to engage a bullock driver.....But this is quite normal on this vehicles....so if you are manoeuvring, try to keep moving while you turn your steering wheel. I would also jack the front of your truck up, have some body sitting in the cabin to turn the steering wheel and have a look underneath if the linkages don't interfere with anything. If you think its not right, take the truck to a steering specialist and have it checked out.
Hope this helps a bit
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Adrian
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Follow Up By: Tassie Bushies - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 19:20

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 19:20
Hi Paul, Phil, & Adrian.
Thanks guys,
It only happens sometimes, (allways when in a tight spot) only 4 times in 3 days???
No it doesn't help by putting your foot on the brake & reving it - (to this one anyway, but still check yours)
Shouldn't be the linkages as it has just been serviced-checked, & would happen all the time.
Looks like a new pump maybe?
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Reply By: GoneTroppo - Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:51

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 23:51
Peter
I've had the same problem intermittenly.
To my geat surprise and delight the service manager at the dealership was able to re-produce it.
He was having a discussion with Ford about it with a view to dealing with it at the next service.
Then the bugger up and left the dealership.
Going in for service this week have discussed with new service manager so we'll see how we go.

As others have said with foot on brake it's supposed to be hard. Sounds like another one of those American "make it idiot proof so you can't sue me" devices.

I'll let you know what comes out of it.
Chris
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Reply By: Itldoo - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:21

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:21
Hi Peter,
Took my F250 in for a transfer case chain replaced that was stretched and came out with my power steering working perfectly for the first time in 3 years. Went back and asked them had they had a modification or changed something. They said nothing was touched.Beats me but I am not complaining.
Phil and Helen.
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Follow Up By: Tassie Bushies - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 08:05

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 08:05
Hi Phil & Helen.
Mmm well sound a bit like mine, good some times bad some times, BUT I now have a new pump!!! Yesssss it is definately better, but not completely convinced it's as it should be, so I will bother a few people when at Quilpie.
It still does not get better by reving it while stationary.
I even got a new belt, as they stuffed it when putting in the pump.
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