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(08-19-2018, 02:41 PM)Full Throttle Wrote: Steering pump?   You have steering trouble, so,  low fluid, steering pump, broken belt. If it has a serpentine belt then that would also cause the battery light to come on because that belt drives everything, including the alternator.
Pop the hood and do a quick check on these few things.   Fluid levels in power steering pump, serpentine belt, and or the power steering belt if it has multiple drive belts.

I had a 95 ford Taurus. The hydraulic Pump for the power steering went out. It behaved like you are describing. Very difficult to steer. I don't remember about the battery light; whether that was on or off. Scratchinghead
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#23
Yup, belt. I change mine every 3 years or so. Takes about 15 minutes, and I never buy the cheapest one. I get the Autozone-branded durasomethingorother brand - it's about $25 whereas the the cheap ones are $15 or so. Cheap ones squeal and dry out.

I have a Ford F150, 2002 5.4Liter V8 with 300k miles on it - original engine and tranny. Do virtually all routine services myself, which is one reason why it runs like brand new (knock on wood) still today. Only issues ever had with it were an alternator replacement (did it myself), and then a fuel pump and an A/C hose. Both of those were a bit costly, but when I spread out all the maintenance costs I have had in total - including tires, shocks, fluids, misc parts, and all routine replacement/service costs over the 16 years I have had it, it comes to about $350/year. In other words - basically nothing when compared to the new junk out there. I get about 80k miles on a set of tires too, and it's fully depreciated anyway and so that no longer is in play. Insurance runs me $460/year, so basically for less than $850/year plus gas (average 19 mpg - ppl say that's not possible but that's what I get) I can drive away and not care about at thing. About 1,000 gallons of gas/year - fark it, I live in TX and gas and pay $2.40/gallon at the moment, which is kinda high but I don't care.

I feel for you, Catch. Everyone I know with Chevy/GM truck has more issues that I can name. Seems like the norm is the engine needs a rebuild every 125k to 150k. Pricey proposition. I'm not brand loyal, but Ford trucks work pretty damned well IMHO.
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Yep . Pop the extra for the $25 belt .

Which Engine is in it ?

Be a good time to check the Idler / Tensioner Pulley for free turning and tight bearing to axle .


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I would recommend going to AutoZone they are giving away free blinker fluid this week only.

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(08-19-2018, 05:31 PM)HomeLessPatriot Wrote: I would recommend going to AutoZone they are giving away free blinker fluid this week only.

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Lmao

I change my blinker fluid every time I lubricate the odometer joints - every 45k miles.  

I recommend the OP watch the following training video.  It's about Chryslers and not Fords, but the same principle applies across the automotive service world...
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(08-19-2018, 02:41 PM)Full Throttle Wrote: Steering pump?   You have steering trouble, so,  low fluid, steering pump, broken belt. If it has a serpentine belt then that would also cause the battery light to come on because that belt drives everything, including the alternator.
Pop the hood and do a quick check on these few things.   Fluid levels in power steering pump, serpentine belt, and or the power steering belt if it has multiple drive belts.

It sure could be.. A belt isn't that hard to replace. A timing chain or belt might be more trouble. Or just as easy.

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(08-19-2018, 03:43 PM)Siriusly Wrote: Belt. Find and bring the broken one to a parts store to get the same back.

Or else let mechanic fix it - if it is just the belt maybe 100-150 USD

The belt should be no more than 35 to 40 bucks at the outside.

I just did the same with the serpentine belt on my beater truck. Runs smooth and quiet now. Cheer

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(08-19-2018, 06:35 PM)Hung Likable Wrote:
(08-19-2018, 05:31 PM)HomeLessPatriot Wrote: I would recommend going to AutoZone they are giving away free blinker fluid this week only.

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Lmao

I change my blinker fluid every time I lubricate the odometer joints - every 45k miles.  

I recommend the OP watch the following training video.  It's about Chryslers and not Fords, but the same principle applies across the automotive service world...

Lmao don't forget to grease the muffler bearings either!

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#30
You need new battery,
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