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Old 11-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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steering issue

Hello,

i have a question about steering.
On mine new purchased E350 4x4 SMB (2001 Diesel) i am not able to steer while the van is standing on a place. You need to be rolling a bit before you turn. Maybe the hydraulic steering pump is tired or is it normal? There are 285/75-17 on
No oil leaks or strange noices! Also oil level is OK

Thanks for helping me guys!
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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That's not normal my 2000 turns easy at a full stop. Still check the pulleys and belt


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Re: steering issue

Tired pump. How many miles?
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:47 PM   #4
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Re: steering issue

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That's not normal my 2000 turns easy at a full stop. Still check the pulleys and belt


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Both is OK, I can not see anything unusual or worn. Belt was changed some times ago and the problem did not go.
The old owner had this "issiue" since years he said
The van has now 94K miles and the tirepressure is 51psi
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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was the pump or steering box ever replaced and could they have left a shipping plug in place blocking the line?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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Re: steering issue

My current ride does this when parallel parking. An earlier E-350 that I had nearly put me into the wood cribs of a boat dock when the back end started swinging when I was driving off an ice-road onto a boat launch; the pump simply gave up after maybe 4 oscillations of the rear end. I've always accepted it as an E-Series limitation, especially with a heavier engine, but maybe I've just had two bad pumps in a row.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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Re: steering issue

As i know pump and steering gear was never replaced. While moving the steering works perfect. Only when the van does not move i nearly can not steer. (most power is needed to the tyres but the do not get it.
Also if i rase the idle (in neutral) i am not able to steer... is there a adjustable maximum pressure valve at the pump?
I think changing the pump would help but i am not shure and to get it here to germany it is not easy and it is an expensive try
I like to buy a used one but most of the junkyards do not send to germany
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Re: steering issue

Contact www.pscmotorsports.com online and have them send you a new pump. Tell them your problem and they will increase the pressure and flow. They are very reasonable and reliable.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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Thank you for the nice link BajaSportsmobile, i will try it.
Hope they can help me
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #10
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i have no luck with pscmotorsports. The do not respond my mails and i can not find a steering pump for a E350 on there side...
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