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Old 04-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #16
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:47 PM   #17
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New news; front end up in the air and everything works fine. Dood looked at the rack and pinion to find an adjustment, said it doesn't have one. I have some play in the wheels as well, tie rod ends. I'll get to that later.

Anyways, he thinks the rack and pinion is fine, stating that if the front end was up in the air and it was still hard to turn then the rack would be the issue but since it's turning easily than that's most likely not it.

Next he notices that my tesnioner pulley is locked up meaning it's an automatic tensioner but it's stuck in the hardest position. The wheel on it is spinning so no problems there but the tension on the surpentine belt is way too tight.

He also checked the pulley on the power steering pump, saying it was not loose enough, should spin much more freely, so the pump is not working properly either.

I just bought the new tensioner and a new pump. Starting with the tensioner first.

PS, on the new pump there is a sticker saying that the tension of the belt is very important and that too tight can cause serious damage to the pump.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:59 PM   #18
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:01 PM   #19
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I've always used amsoil ATF in my old ford generation II pumps...gets rid of the whine. At our dealership we have a friction additive that quiets them down too. But yeah, even with OEM pumps I've gotten several duds. I've replaced more R&P assemblies on windstars than I care to remember.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:11 PM   #20
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I've always used amsoil ATF in my old ford generation II pumps...gets rid of the whine. At our dealership we have a friction additive that quiets them down too. But yeah, even with OEM pumps I've gotten several duds. I've replaced more R&P assemblies on windstars than I care to remember.
I keep hearing different things from different people concerning the fluid. Someone on here has already stated that atf is fine. Then a mechanic down the road from me who I stopped by to see if he can do the flush the other day said you can ony use Motorcraft power steering on Fords. Yesterday, after having the system flushed at another mechanic's shop, he filled it with atf, saying it was fine and cheaper.

Today, this guy who's out on my driveway currently working on the van, said to ony use power steering fluid, protects the seals and is a lighter grade fluid.

Maybe I'll just mix it all together and make my own dang fluid.

Ps, I'm hoping I can get away with it not being the r and p. I'll find out shortly.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #21
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I just bought a new (remanufactured) rack and pinion. New pulley, new power steering pump and now the rack.

So much for hoping...
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #22
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Figured as long as I'm doing some training I'd take a gander in the ford workshop manuals to see what the 'official' fluid spec is. For a 98 windstar it says 'MERCON Automatic Transmission Fluid'. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:51 PM   #23
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Thanks for any and all help, it's always appreciated. Say hullo 2 meye littuh fren..

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:25 PM   #24
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Hey, no prob. Stuck in a hotel 200 miles from home for Ford Factory Training anyway, gotta stay busy... I hate replacing racks. Always end up with ATF in my hair.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #25
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Wish you would've posted the info on the fluid a few hours ago. I've already purchased six quarts of OEM power sterring fluid.

Anyways, out with the old and in with the new.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #26
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And that's all folks. Just a front end alignment in the morning to complete the job but now, with the new tensioner that can actually move, the new power steering pump and the new rack and pinion, I can blow on the steering wheel and it turns. Like butter as they say.

Thanks for all the insight everyone.
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Here is a link to Ford's TSB updating to Mercron V. Doc, if you put in power steering fluid, I would flush it out with the right product.

http://www.stangnet.com/images/stories/docs/s197_TSBs/07-01-07.pdf


Your Windstar is listed as using Mercron V.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:58 PM   #28
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As long as it's ATF you'll be fine. Just don't use regular 'power steering fluid'. That TSB was just the official notice to use mercV instead of Mercon since Mercon was phased out. MercV became the standard transmission fluid in the mid to late 90's. Since it doesn't make sense to stock an obsolete fluid just for PS systems, they decided mercV would be fine.
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As long as it's ATF you'll be fine. Just don't use regular 'power steering fluid'. That TSB was just the official notice to use mercV instead of Mercon since Mercon was phased out. MercV became the standard transmission fluid in the mid to late 90's. Since it doesn't make sense to stock an obsolete fluid just for PS systems, they decided mercV would be fine.

Agreed. But Doc stated he had "6 qts of power steering fluid" and wasn't sure what was supposed to be used. The notice simply clears doubt as to ATF or PS fluid.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:29 AM   #30
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I used Advance Auto Parts brand ps fluid. It states for Gm, Ford and Chrysler vehicles.

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