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Power steering nightmare

Discussion in '3rd Gen : 2002 - 2008' started by Ryan Blizzard, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Ryan Blizzard

    Ryan Blizzard Junior Member

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    I have a 2007 dodge 2500 5.7 hemi truck. I am having issues losing my power steer pumps. Original went out month ago. I put two endurance brand pumps refurbished in it. One didn't last 24hrs and the other three weeks. Then I put in a new oil cooler and gear box and new duralast pump. New pump went bad the next day. I replaced one of the pressure hoses as well. Now I bought an original used pump to see if that made a difference and now it's starting to whine two days later. Nobody can figure out why I am going to through pumps. Any thoughts? I'm Losing my mind. Thanks.
     
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    Two ideas; first - flush out the system. You may have crap in the recirculating ball portion that contaminates the fluid and wears out your pump (like liquid sand paper). second - ensure that you have no misalignment - look to see that your power steering pulley is directly in line with all of your other pulleys.
     
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  3. Ryan Blizzard

    Ryan Blizzard Junior Member

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    Everything looks aligned with pump. I started out with a whole new steering system. All new fluid.
     
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    Ryan Blizzard Junior Member

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    Just pulled this line off. Last official line in the system. Looks a little dry rotted. Put it all back together and pump stopped whining. Praying this was the cause.

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    The power steering system in the 3rd gen trucks is awful imo. Never had to deal with power steering issues until I bought my 3rd gen, and since haven't stopped dealing with them.
     
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    When my original pump went out it took me three tries to get a pump that actually was decent. First two were referbs that died quick. After the second one they have me a brand new one as a replacement. Never had a problem after that.
     
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    I had lots of problems with my 04, hoses,leaks, pumps,etc
    In the end i put synthetic power steering oil and all the problems stopped.
     
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    I went thru a few pumps till I started using ATF4 instead of power steering fluid. Yep, Synthetic Transmission Fluid only. That was 2009 and still going strong with zero issues. As you might know, Dodge even put that stuff in the MANUAL trannys.
     
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    I dealt with a failed power steering pump awhile ago on my third gen Ram. I changed it and to this day I haven't any issues with it. Also I never change on again.... I would sooner change my spark plugs three times or do a fuel pump again before I venture into that again.
     
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