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Hi Vincent - just wondering if you would have an answer to my problem ie I have a ford escape and steering wheel is hard to turn yet oil is fine and engine is fine, since this problem happend the battery light came on....hope you can explain to me thanks

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Is there any service done on the power steering on the last few days?
Example: replacing high and low pressure hose(s).Leaking power steering rack?
Please place a cardboard on the ground (under the path of all steering components to inspect for leak(s).
It can be multiple spots.Inspect both tie rods for smooth end to end turning operation.(two persons task)
Check power steering for lock up or belt hopping condition.
THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT STEPS! Mis-diagnosis can cause you $1200 or more.
The most like trouble location (about to leak or burst) is the high pressure hose after the PS pump or between the PS fluid tank.
Check for deform hoses.
The "hard to turn" condition is cause by air pocket / air bubble inside the steering rack.
Worst case is metal fragment inside the rack.
If your 2001 steering is stock and has over ~160,000 miles then you should save up money for a rack + hoses + pump + belt replacement.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011

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