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Old 08-06-2012, 10:10 PM
ed4733 ed4733 is offline
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Default 03 Ram 5.7L Power Steering problems

Ok. I don't know if this is the right place to post this, so admins please let me know if I'm wrong. About 2 months ago I noticed a whining from the steering when I turned the wheel. I checked the power steering fluid and I was low so I added some. I kept looking for a leak, and there is fluid under the truck around the power steering pump, going back as well as some spread under the front end. Two weeks ago I noticed that turning the wheel when at idle was impossible. I had to bring the rpm's up to 1000 to get any response from the steering. Even when I turn a corner while moving I heard the whining noise from the power steering pump. So now I am waiting for a pump to get in. But because I didn't read the Chilton's manual or research the internet, I put regular power steering fluid in instead of the atf+4 trans fluid. The reservior tank is clean. No metal shavings in it at all. So since I used the wrong fluid, did I mess anything up? What should I look for?
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:44 AM
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did you find a solution to that problem? i have been in a fight with my 03 ram for over a year with the power steering problem and have changed pumps and a steering bar that was bad!! its getting to the point of being impossable for anybody to drive other than me
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