2004 Ford Taurus Vulcan 3.0 L V6 Engine.
I had a problem with my 2004 Ford Taurus and you guys help me out back in November. It ended up having a broken valve spring which I replaced and it is now running fine. All check engine lights are off and it is no longer sputtering.
I took it for a drive back in November and again today and it is running fine…but the power steering is extremely hard to turn. It’s very frothy and has a ton of air bubbles.
I didn’t have time through the Christmas season but I am looking back into this now. I bought a vacuum pump and the ford adapter for the reservoir cap and I put a vacuum on it following the ford instructions but it is still whining, fluid is frothy and hard to steer.
I disconnected the power steering lines and removed the pump when I replaced the valve spring because the cylinder head had to come off to remove the broken valve and I put a new head gasket on. So I thought I just had air in the lines…However it the power steering pump was leaking previous to the problem with the broken valve spring so perhaps I need a new pump and then apply the vacuum to it?
What would you guys recommend. For the past few months I just added a little power steering fluid as needed when it was low but a few times it was quite low before I noticed…I know that is a bad mistake and I should have fixed this long ago.
Thanks and please let me know what you think.
Problem #2 - Forgot to mention I am hearing a popping noise that sounds like popcorn popping coming from my air filter box. I know I read something about this before but I can’t remember what it was.