I just bought this Ranger a really bad steering issue. When at low speeds, when I go to turn the steering “jumps/kicks.” Then after I straighten out at the end of the turn it jumps in the direction that the steering wheel is being turned. This goes away at higher speeds (40+mph).
I was told by the seller that it needs a new steering pump, but my mechanic said that it was operating well. He noticed that the bearings were loose on the driver side and tightened them up. The problem went away. I just finished driving it for about 20 miles and the problem is back.
What do you think?
Is there a way to easily shut off the p-steering to see if that is the problem? Is this a good idea?