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Noisy Power Steering Pump

I've got a 95 F-150 with I-6, manual with a power steering pump that just won't shut up. It whines worse than my kids.

Started by checking the front end for anything loose, too tight or binding. Then greased everything! When I changed the front axle, it got all new joints, seals, springs shocks. Still the whine! Tried having a flush done. Waste of money but it gave my cousin some work. (Took it to his work to have it done) Added Wynn's to it at the same time. Still whining! There are no leaks, no kinked hoses or lines, no loose bolts. It has a new belt. Steers beautifully. No pulls, shudders, resistance of any kind. My work truck doesn't steer this good. I can't get rid of the whine without trying pump and box change outs. Anyone else have this problem and did you solve it and if so how? Need some ideas of something I might be missing other than it's natural for Fords to do this. I'm going deaf from having to turn the radio up so loud. And it's even harder to sneak up on some poor unsuspecting honda!

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My '80 does the same thing. I have put in new ball joints and u-joints and keep them greased regularly. I've been around a lot of older fords and I think the older style pumps are just prone to "whining". Not sure what to tell you, you may have to live with it or MAYBE waste money trying to fix it. One fix may to find a Ford style Saginaw pump (same as Chevy's). I stripped a '76 LTD for the 460 in it, and found it had the Saginaw style pump. I was going to use it in my truck but ended up selling it.


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I thought about trying to adapt one to fit. My 76 F-350 had one. Never gave me any grief. Chrysler used them as well as AMC. Not sure whether I can get a serpantine pulley to fit without machining. Worth a look though. Definately on the wrecker visit idea list. Thanx

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yeah fords famous whine.... i think they had that issue right up untill 96... at least any of the ones ive seen had the whine thats how you new it was a ford without looking lol



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I think the Ford Vans used them as well. Try finding a 70's to early 80's van. Also, search the message board at www.fullssizebronco.com There is a ton of information about them there as well.
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Unfortunatly, Ford's noisy p/s pumps (hissing and/or whining) are legendary (the one in my '78 F150 hisses pretty much all of the time) but they still seem to work forever.

The best solution I have been able to find during my years as a classic Ford collector has been Lucas power steering treatment (available at speed shops and Canadian Tire stores). I have had some success with this product by adding it to the p/s reservoir (you will need to remove some of the original fluid and replace it with the Lucas product) in as much as a 50% ratio.

If that doesn't help, I believe that the only solution is to have the pump rebuilt.

As an aside, I was once advised by an expert in the US (who had rebuilt a power steering pump and centre link assembly for my '65 Falcon) that Ford pumps like thicker p/s fluid and that I should seek out a particular brand which he believed was the thickest available on the market. Unfortunatly, that product was/is not available in Canada, but the Lucas product will add viscosity (and soften seals, etc.). Lucas products in general (oil additive, etc.) are excellent and do not contain Teflon or other synthetic elements.

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my 94 whines all the time still works and its stock wit 35's ford is famous for its supercharger whine ahah just turn up the radio or get louder exhaust
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I agree with 78F150 lucas oil product are great. I have only good things to say about there oil additives and upper engine lubricant.
I would give the lucas power steering treatment a try and it's cheap.
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my 96 pump whines at me all the time. I just tune it out the same way I do the gf!



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I agree with 78F150 lucas oil product are great. I have only good things to say about there oil additives and upper engine lubricant.
I would give the lucas power steering treatment a try and it's cheap.
just dont use them (lucas) in the newer diesels.... not pretty unless you got $$

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