As far as I know it is the original steering box, power steering pump.
One day I started to notice "flat spots" in the steering. IE parts
where it felt like the power steering stopped working. It stayed
around the same for a while, only happening once and a while (noticing
it maybe once a week).
It's a junker truck, so I basically said whatever. Then one day it got
progressivly worse (it was during a snow storm to boot) making the
steering somewhat erratic and smooth steering quite dificult.
I got it home and checked the PS fluid and found it didn't even touch
the stick. It smelt kinda toasty too. I purchased some fluid and
filled it up, checked for leaks and didn't see anything obvious
(looking from the top, too wet and cold to get underneath right now).
Well with it filled the steering seemed to get WORSE. Just cutting
the wheel in my driveway it felt like it was fighting me. Then after
about 3-4 minutes, it got back to normal.
It was slightly over filled COLD and when I checked it after a 40
minute drive, about 50/50 highway/backroad (I'm assuming that would
make it hot?) it wasn't quite up to the hot line. I would think this
means it's leaking. I have not had a chance to check it cold yet. The
steering also seams to pull to the right now. Especially on breaking.
It always used to pull randomly on braking (left/right/left/right
coming up to the same light) but I always thought it was the cheap
brake pads put in by the previous owner (wheels are caked with dust
after 200 miles). Now it consistently pulls to the right, every time.
Do PS pumps die when they run too low?
Does it sound like a steering box problem?
What kind of fixes am I looking at? Is it something I could just let
rot and deal with the drivability? It is a $350 beater, including
parts and fluids. So I don't want to perform any acts of heroics in a
slushy mucky driveway.
-The Lonely Grease Monkey
1985' K5 305CUI TH700R4 NP208
"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote
from the truth who believes nothing, then he who believes
what is a wrong."
- Thomas Jefferson