Power steering problem

I'm having trouble with power steering . it's full of power steering fluid, not making any noise, not leaking but steering is stiff like there is no power steering . My previous question about air shocks was answered saying the previous owner replaced the air shocks with coil springs , would this have anything to do with power steering problem ?

My car has 75000 miles.

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Your power steering system should not have anything to do with the coil springs or air shocks as these are entirely different systems. This may suggest your power steering pump may be failing or potentially your rack and pinion system my not be pumping the fluid properly through the power steering system.

As you may know, the power steering system is hydraulic and operates on hydraulic pressure that is pushed through a series of valves inside of the rack and pinion system. When this is not pumping fluid properly, this can cause the power steering pump to fail due to a lack of hydraulic pressure.

To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your power steering system and fix it accordingly.

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WHAT CAUSES A POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK? Answer. Like the other systems in your vehicle, the power steering system simply ages and degrades over time. As you put more miles on your vehicle, the O-rings and seals in the power steering system lose flexibility, and tiny bits of the seals end up in the fluid.
If the leak appears to be from a point on the steering rack this is most likely due to a perished seal or gasket which is allowing power steering fluid to pass. This is common both in older vehicles or vehicles which have not been driven regularly. A solution here is to use a power steering stop leak like OIL-FIX.
Fluid leaks can also occur from a faulty seal in the pump or faulty seals in the steering rack or gear box. A leaking seal might be temporarily fixed by using a seal-swelling fluid additive, but this probably will not be a lasting fix.
Age and constant usage are the two biggest contributing factors to a power steering fluid leak. As the supply and pressure hoses start to age, they may develop holes through which the fluid can leak. Likewise, the O-rings and seals gradually lose their flexibility as your mileage increases.
Power steering fluid can leak from: Seals and gaskets in your power steering rack. Junctions between your reservoir, lines and rack. The power steering pump itself.
Using The Wrong Type Of Power Steering Fluid

Using the wrong type can damage the power steering system. More than that, it can cause wear and tear to the power steering components, thus creating a leak. Always ensure that you use the power steering fluid that is specified for your vehicle.

So, can you drive with a power steering leak? Yes, technically you can but not for long because it will become increasingly more difficult to steer and extremely dangerous. Your best bet is to have a qualified technician assess your vehicle as soon as possible if you suspect a power steering leak.
How long does it take to start working? Bar`s Leaks starts working the minute you install and start driving the vehicle. You will usually see results in about 200 miles or three (3) days of driving.
So, can you drive with a power steering leak? Yes, technically you can but not for long because it will become increasingly more difficult to steer and extremely dangerous. Your best bet is to have a qualified technician assess your vehicle as soon as possible if you suspect a power steering leak.
Additives in power steering stop leak fluids work to remove debris, neutralize acidity, and fill leaks. However, they are not a permanent solution to fixing a leak in your power steering. Over time, a leak can start again, and you`ll have to add the fluid again.
You can drive with a bad power steering pump, but it`s not recommended. The pump is responsible for transmitting power to the steering wheel, so if it`s not working properly, you won`t be able to steer the car. In some cases, you may even experience difficulty braking the car.

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Power steering problem – 1999 Lincoln Continental
ANSWER : Your power steering system should not have anything to do with the coil springs or air shocks as these are entirely different systems. This may suggest your power steering pump may be failing or potentially your rack and pinion system my not be pumping the fluid properly through the power steering system.

As you may know, the power steering system is hydraulic and operates on hydraulic pressure that is pushed through a series of valves inside of the rack and pinion system. When this is not pumping fluid properly, this can cause the power steering pump to fail due to a lack of hydraulic pressure.

To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose your power steering system and fix it accordingly.

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ANSWER : With a power steering fluid leak that big, you certainly should have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible to find the exact cause. Any of the components you listed can be the source of the leak. The power steering pump as well as the rack & pinion steering unit rely on the fluid for lubrication as well as cooling. The whining you hear is from the pump when the fluid runs low or empty. Your issue can be caused by something as simple as a fluid hose right now, but continued ’running dry" of the power steering fluid, can result in damage to both the pump and the rack & pinion unit. If that happens, you can take what may be a repair of a few hundred dollars and turn it into a repair of a couple of thousand dollars.

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ANSWER : Hello…it sounds like you have a loose or faulty hose connection. Of course, it is also possible that a coincidental leak developed, for instance in a rusted steel tube on the return side, at the same time that you were doing this repair. A YourMechanic specialist could diagnosis this for you and assist you with the repair of your power steering and inspect your vehicle for leaks.

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ANSWER : Hello. Noise could be a sign of trapped air, low fluid level, or a mechanical fault in the pump. While the system is cold, check the fluid level. If the fluid level is OK, remove the cap and turn the steering wheel left and right to full extent while it is on. If there is air in the system, that will help purge it. Replace the cap. If the noise remains, it needs to be determined if it is coming from the pump or another accessory, pulley, or belt. YourMechanic has experts in this type of power steering diagnosis and once the fault is found, they will let you know of the cost to repair.

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ANSWER : This suggests that you may have a leak somewhere else in your power steering system such as one of the hoses or the rack and pinion system. As you may know, the power steering system is a highly pressurized system that can have as much as 300+psi of pressure in the system at times, so it is not uncommon for these types of leaks to happen. If you’d like to get this fixed, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose the leak in your power steering system and make the the necessary repairs to fix it.

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ANSWER : Some 2013 Ford Fusion models are part of a safety recall involving loss of steering assist. Contact your dealer with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or check your VIN number on safercar.gov to verify if this recall applies to your vehicle. Loss of steering assist can be dangerous if you are caught off guard. It would be best to not drive the vehicle. Contact your dealer to have it towed to their location.

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ANSWER : Hi there. If everything else has already been installed from the donor vehicle then it sounds like the high pressure hose is all that you need to install. The hardest part of doing this is the routing. One thing you may also want to double check is that the donor vehicle and your 2003 Escape have the same rack. There are different models depending on the model and the size of your wheels. You need to install the pressure line first, but if it does not line up then you may have the wrong rack installed. If you would like some assistance installing this hose, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you to [replace your high pressure steering hose] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/power-steering-pressure-hose-replacement

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