Car has sat in climate-controlled basement for 6 mos. Started and idled now and then. battery tender on at all times. Started it today to go for a drive. Power steering seemed to not be working, dragging. Not hard to turn, but not “2 fingers” either. Maybe very low tires. Nope. PS res is full; pump sounds like it’s working. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks from East Tennessee
do you have a check engine light on? did you check for any codes? if so post them. if you have no check engine light on or codes, you can try flushing and putting new power steering fluid in. especially if it was never done.
Fully exchanging the PS fluid with exactly what Ford specifies just might take care of it. Though you do not mention squealing, it is possible the belt is slipping, consider replacing belt and tensioner.
Thanks for the replies & suggestions.
No lights on. Unable to check for codes at present. No squealing belt. can hear pump working, not laboring. This happened while sitting. Just got my shop completed and will service everything, including PSP, but don’t want to change oil if it is a bad pump. ( I don’t think the pump is bad). After more reading, I suspect a faulty FEM. Contrary to popular belief, they CAN break down while sitting in the shed LOL.
Oh yes, they can go without warning or codes.