Aerostar power steering leak

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QUOTE: "In all the years they've used that particular pump, you'd think they would have redesigned it." UNQUOTE
It's actually not a bad pump....when it's brand new.
There are too many rebuilders out there that sell a product on cost instead of the quality of the rebuild and sell a "rebuilt" pump that will fail within 25K miles because they didn't take the effort to rebuild it properly. Anybody who shops for replacement parts by getting the cheapest part is guilty of keeping these rebuilders in business.
I've got an Aerostar that hit 200K miles during the Christmas holiday with the factory original pump and it's as quiet as any pump out there.
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Anyone have experience with Cardon PS pumps?
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On a previous post, I recommended staying away from a brand name that started with the letter "C". That's all I'm going to say.
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On a previous post, I recommended staying away from a brand name that started with the letter "C". That's all I'm going to say.
Thanks, I remember that. Someone else also mentioned Champion. Will go for the Ford rebuilt. It's only about $30 more retail than Cardon.
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Just picked up the Aerostar with a rebuilt Ford pump installed and have driven it enough to purge the fluid. Steering a lot better but it still whines, though not as loud.
Anyone know if those original pumps were contracted out and what company made them?
Hi folks,
I have an 97 Aerostar and noticed a leak around where the high pressure hose connects to the PS pump. The metal tube was loose. I assumed that was the problem and had it replaced at the local mechanic. The new hose is also loose there at the fitting and he tells me that this hose is always loose at that connection there. The nut is tight, but the tube moves around. I've never heard of such a thing on a pressure line. Is he right?
Second question -- it still leaks. If it's supposed to be loose, is it worth trying one of the 'stop leak' fluids before spending the $XXX replacing pummp and/or rack & pinion?
Thanks!
Barney
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On 1/12/11 7:23 PM, Guv Bob wrote:

it enough to purge the fluid. Steering a lot better but it still whines, though not as loud. I have the same problem with some kids whining. Different type of whine, I hope. Anyway, is it the pump or the belts that are making the noise?

Chances are they were contracted out. However, the automotive industry changed so much in the past 15 years that it is unlikely that you can get one that is identical to the original, although you can still get them that meet the original specs.
Jeff

connects to the PS pump. The metal tube was loose. I assumed that was the problem and had it replaced at the local mechanic. The new hose is also loose there at the fitting and he tells me that this hose is always loose at that connection there. The nut is tight, but the tube moves around. I've never heard of such a thing on a pressure line. Is he right?

trying one of the 'stop leak' fluids before spending the $XXX replacing pummp and/or rack& pinion?

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Thanks, was mostly curious who designed this pump. Amazing to me why they used it for so many years when it's only giving Ford a bad name.
I fixed the whine - turned up the radio.
Part 2....
When I turn fully right or left to the stops, the dang thing shakes. Now what....
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Thanks, was mostly curious who designed this pump. Amazing to me why they used it for so many years when it's only giving Ford a bad name.
I fixed the whine - turned up the radio.
Part 2....
When I turn fully right or left to the stops, the dang thing shakes. Now what....
The next day..... evidently it took this long to get all the air out. Shaking has stopped but the whining lingers on. I'm taking it to the Ford place next and let them see if this is "Ford quality."
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