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Old 11-03-2002, 06:57 PM
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Question P/S turns Left fine..Very Stiff turning Right...Why?

And I doubt it's cuz it was a former Nascar Racer..
Not this '81 6 Cyl Ford Fairmont. LOL

It's odd.. Steering to the Left is fine (smooth, light, no hard spots or noises).
Steering to the Right is VERY stiff, as if there's no Power Assist at all.

It's stiff almost as as soon as you turn it off-center to Right. It's not like it's smooth 1/2 way to lock then stiffens.

But there's NO Noise or Pulsation or anything unusual, except the stiffness.

Increasing RPM has no effect.

Stiff to Right whether rolling or stopped.

No, the car isn't and wasn't wrecked.

It doesn't pull, wander or shimmy either.

Wheels don't sit funny- No obvious Camber or Caster problems (not to the naked eye, anyway).

Both front tires Pressure good, worn evenly.

I just bought the car, so don't ask me when it started doing this.
I noticed the P/S fluid was greyish in color,
so I drained, flushed, re-filled (w/ proper fluid) & bled system. NO Improvement (I did this about a week, and maybe 60 miles ago).

Car is an '81 Ford Fairmont, 200 C.I. Inline Six, Power Rack & Pinion Steering.

Is the Valve bad?
Is it the Rack?
The Box?
Another Suspension or Steering component?
Is perhaps a Strut seizing up?
WHAT is the Problem?
HOW do I fix it?

I appreciate your help..

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