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Hard Steering Pull After Rack&PS Pump Replacement

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Jul 28, 2022, 6:36 PM

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Replaced power steering pump and steering rack in my 2004 Ram 1500 5.7L. I made sure that I centered the rack and used a ratchet strap to prevent steering wheel movement during installation. Got toe set as close to true as i could by eye with steering wheel still held in position. When I took it out for a test drive, the wheel will turn 45* to the left and turn the truck without any input. If I hold the wheel between 45 and straight the truck will drive relatively straight. If I make a left turn, the power steering seems to be fighting the constant left input to return the wheel straight. Viewed similar posts who have listed mixed high pressure&return lines on pump, bad reman’d rack, just need an alignment, and pop the steering wheel off and put it back on straight as possible solutions. Anyone have any guidance for me? Would like to rule out as much as possible at home before paying $100 for alignment and not being confident that will be the solution. Thanks

(This post was edited by pc4552 on Jul 29, 2022, 10:07 AM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 28, 2022, 10:46 PM

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Re: Hard Steering Pull After Rack&PS Pump Replacement Sign In

! You don't do this stuff by eye. It probably can hook up 4 different spot you chose the wrong one.

That stayed it's choices in having it all pointed straight ahead when you did it and clearly failed.

Count turns (hoist front wheels best for this) how many turns wheel will go from looking centered LEFT then again RIGHT.

Did you mean off 15 minutes of a clock or 45 degree angle?
Any which way you needed an alignment perhaps just say what you did and let them straighten it out, extra cost expected,


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Jul 29, 2022, 4:19 AM

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Re: Hard Steering Pull After Rack&PS Pump Replacement Sign In

If I'm reading this right you have two different issues.

1) The steering wheel is not centered (minor adjustment problem)
2) The system is forcefully self steering (big problem)

There is obviously something wrong with the installation or a defective rack. Crossing the lines will cause some very severe and wild movement of the wheel. Yours doesn't seem that severe so I'm leaning toward a bad rack.

I agree, DO NOT remove the steering wheel.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 29, 2022, 5:35 AM

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Re: Hard Steering Pull After Rack&PS Pump Replacement Sign In

There's a lot unsaid here still. I/we, and OP don't know if steering wheel was already just moved off the mark!
Other is why both the pump and the rack? Did some wild something happen or a leak and driven/run without enough fluid would be damaging not change the procedures.

IDK but forgot how many bad new parts I've dealt with for a few years now it could be. This pulling isn't tow of the alignment if wrong before it's more wrong if you did this right.

Centering a steering wheels with any type gearbox or rack + pinion have about zero free play on center then you notice free play off of that, engine off, no power assist. That's on purpose and necessary.

Yes you can adjust tow, string even if so far off no clue but on your way to get an alignment most folks, me too, don't have 1/4 mil or more machines nor a dedicated spot for the stuff + know each one how to use them would be pointless to own.

Tow in or out again doesn't cause pulling just wastes tires fast could if tires are not evenly worn I guess or definitely if different sizes.

It's a truck - some used hard for working with some not, some unknown this age what it's been thru nice to find a fix that solves this could be a bad rack so will ask if it did this before this doubt the pump was needed - too much unknown still why not hoses too if going that far?


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