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Power steering fluid freezing

I recently bought a 1993 Ford Areostar van from a used car dealer. It was presented to me as a reliable vehicle. But soon realized it is not reliable at all. I have stuck $1000 in it so far trying to get it in shape.

Here is my main problem now.

What is causing my power steering not to work during freezing weather? The power steering fluid turns to mush and my steering wheel locks up. When the weather gets above freezing the steering is ok again. Is the power steering fluid freezing or has someone added water to it before I bought it? What is the best and an easy way to fix this problem? I thought air had gotten in from a cracked hose or brake line or something, but everything seems to be fine in warmer weather. Do power steering fluids often freeze up? Help


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