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Old 09-08-2018, 07:35 AM   #1
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Power Steering woes

Hi All Im Jim from South Australia.

My 2003 ST170 (SVT) has just had its third power steering pump fitted. Heres the whole (ugly story).

2016 car has a PS fluid leak. Took to regular mechanic (mechanic 1) who says he just clicked the line back in and the leak stopped. After this fix I didn't have power steering at low RPM. He concluded the pump was toast and they they well known for this.

I took it to a guy who was an ex dealer technician (Mechanic 2) who had worked on these. He was convinced it was the high pressure line. Something was blocked or jammed. He even took off the High Pressure line and drilled it out to increase flow if fluid. All to no avail, pump needed replacement.

As there are only 100 of these cars in Australia I had to find a pump. I stumbled onto oreilly auto in the USA and order the only pump I could afford (as I couldn't well turn up with an exchange now could I). So a reman A1 Cardone pump arrived. Ex ford tech fitted the pump, power steering returned and horrible whining from the pump but no leaks. I drive the car away as the guy wont charge me for fitting as he's not happy with the fix and the noise.

I took my old ford pump to capital city (adelaide SA) to be rebuilt. All seems to go well. I buy a few union nuts as I'm told they are often the culprits of leaks.Within 3 months I am leaking fluid again. I buy a used High pressure line and take it to mechanic and now (1 and 2) dont want to work on it. New company is happy to (Mechanic 3) fixes leak and says it was the switch that was leaking, sealed up and all good again.

another 12 noisy months and I get sick of the noise and find a NOS Ford genuine pump in Australia on Ebay from a dealership liquidation. I buy said pump and just in time as a nasty leak has appeared. Mechanic 3 is too busy to fix and unhappy that I am supplying parts (if I could buy these locally I would let them) so off to Mechanic 4. he is happy to do the job as he's been servicing all of our vehicles of over a year now as Mech 3 was just too busy and he comes highly recommended by enthusiasts. Mechanic 4 fits the NOS pump and noise and leaks are gone but now have no Power Steering at low RPM.


That's the third pump, and the original line. He used a new union nut (was supplied with 2 and a second hand High Pressure line too).

Has anyone else experienced this mystery?

Can anyone tell me which side of the rack the High pressure line connects to (driver or passenger) as Im wondering if the USA (LHD) line will be the same as the Australian (RHD) the pump is in the same location and I'd say the line goes to the rack and possibly the input on the rack from the column will be the main difference.

Thanks so much if you can help.

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You sure the pump is for the svt. Most places do not know what an svt is. Would order from steve at tascaparts.com.
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