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Old 05-23-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Hard to turn steering wheel at idle speed

Returning from a camping trip a few weeks ago in my 2006 Fleetwood Expedition, I could not finish my turn at a corner until I accelerated. It was like my engine had stopped. My mechanic replaced the steering pump and I drove home, plus began another camping trip when I encountered the same issue again. I am very frustrated, as this is a very dangerous problem. Any ideas on what I might check? The expenses for repairs are seriously mounting. My steering fluid is full, and after I accelerate the coach engine, the steering frees up to normal, but it is at slow or idle speeds that I really need the power steering help. Any ideas or help, especially from someone who may have encountered the same issue, would be a welcomed relief!


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Old 05-23-2015, 11:06 PM   #2
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Power steering is fairly easy to diagnose. You said that the power steering pump was replaced. I am assuming it worked fine for that trip home from the shop. Try having the system bled again. Air in the system will do what you have described. Perhaps a crimped/bent line.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:51 PM   #3
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Possible valve issue...

The steering has priority over fan in most cases.

Not sure how yours works but could be issue.

Power steering pumps are low fail devices as they are really simple.

If you have a pressure relief valve stuck open then pressure will be low.

You need a system diagram so you csn follow the path.

The valves should be servicable meaning you can remove them to check for crud or sticky.

Check with manufacturer for both diagram and troubleshooting procedure.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:49 AM   #4
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This is great advice/help fellow campers. I will have to look into these and get back to you. Thanks a bunch for taking time to share your knowledge and/or experience!


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Old 08-05-2015, 06:33 PM   #5
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Follow up please

My 2000 F53 (20,000lb) is intermittently doing the same thing, power steering loss at idle. Has happened to me three times recently. Did you ever find a solution to the problem?
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:45 PM   #6
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Change your hydraulic oil filter(s).

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Old 08-06-2015, 02:57 AM   #7
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Not corrected yet. My mechanic is now looking to change the p/s filter. Fortunately I have not traveled in the RV lately, because it's a real challenge at very low to idle speeds.
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Try having the system bled again
Normally a DIY job. Just turn the steering lock to lock and job is done.
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I had that issue on my old 87 Bounder and it was nothing more than a loose belt. Never did squeal but the belt was slipping.
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Since this is a diesel pusher, the power steering is probably driven by the engine hydraulic system rather than a dedicated, belt-driven PS pump as on a gasser. The hydraulic system may have a priority valve that splits hydraulic pressure between the PS and other hydraulic needs and it could be failing. Of the hydraulic system itself may be weak.

I think your mechanic is throwing parts at it rather than diagnosing the cause of the problem. Or maybe he just doesn't know much about how the hydraulic system works in this type of chassis.
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If DP then priority is power steering then cooling fan but valve or control could be bad.

Contact manufacturer of chassis tech support.
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Normally a DIY job. Just turn the steering lock to lock and job is done.
I would like to thank everyone on this forum for your advice excuse my immature questions as I am a new owner of a older model but what exactly does lock to lock mean thanks
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I would like to thank everyone on this forum for your advice excuse my immature questions as I am a new owner of a older model but what exactly does lock to lock mean thanks

hard left steering wheel turn to hard right.
the term ''lock'' is definitely confusing.
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Lock to lock means turn the wheel all the way one direction and then all the way the other direction.
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