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Old 08-13-2010, 09:51 PM
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Post 2004 1500 5.7 Steering rack problems

I purchased this ttruck about 3 years ago, it has a 6" lift on it. I bought it with 70,000 miles on it, I now have 103,000 miles on it. Back in January of this year I developed a power steering leak on my steering rack up by the pinon gear. So I replaced my steering rack, I did use a napa refurbished rack, still cost me $200. It seemed to work great for about 3,000 miles. Then it just randomly blew a tie rod seal on the passenger side, lost all my power steering fluid in a matter of seconds. I was able to get napa to warranty the rack, and I replaced it again. This was in May, now another 3,000 miles later it has blown the seals on bolth sides, the tie rod boots look like baloons. Once again napa will warranty the rack for me but I believe I am just fixing the problem not the cause. Now I am questioning is it my 6" lift putting the tie rods at and angle causing this to happen? I was told maybe the internal pressure regulator on the power steering pump is not working, allowing to much pressure and that I should replace the pump. Before I spend $230 on a pump, I want to make sure I am not just throwing parts at this. Anyone have any ideas? I almost wish I had left the original one on. I assume that was the original one from the factory. I hadnt seen any signs that it had been replaced before. So anyone know what may be going on?? I would greatly appriciate any help
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

Sure, the pump might be the culprit. Or, the 6" lift is stressing the rack and you might wanna go with a new, beefier one (not cheap by any means) from a 3/4ton if it will fit. But that's just a guess on my part.

Maybe our Dodge Tech here will have some better help for ya.

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Hello and welcome to the forum, glad you joined us here! Sorry to hear about your problem and while I don't have any advice for you, like Michael said, hopefully our resident tech will be able to chime in on this for you, but good luck with that and be sure to keep us posted! Lots of great people and info here, so feel free to look around and join the conversation and I hope you enjoy the site!

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Does the differential point up or straight back?

Reason I ask is differential position is great indicator of whether the 6" lift was done correctly. If it is straight back aka stock, the lift is more than likely the cause of your problems.

When you do a lift like that, everything has to be adjusted accordingly.
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Ther was a TSB for the power steering line on that truck, I had mine replace by the dealer, because it kept leaking. Also Im not sure what lift kit you have but ones I have seen do not re locate the rack I know mine doesnt
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Glad you joined us and welcome to the Z for Rams from Baltimore . You should beable to test the pump output . Also did you flush the system real good before replacing the rack ? You may have some debris suspended in the fluid . I'm not sure if they make a in-line filter for the return line or not . If you could go to the top of the page to the User Cp and complete your profile that would be great . Helps us see what you have when your posting a question or comment . Do you have any pictures of your truck ? Have you done any mods or have plans for any ? Any of your friends have Rams ? Tell them about us . We would love to have them . You will find this site is full of a lot of talented people . So if theres any question that you need answered , just shoot away . Talk to ya soon . Tom
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