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Old 08-10-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Steering and brake issue on 1997 E-Super Duty MH

We recently purchased a 1997 V-10 Triple E Motorhome on a Ford E-Super Duty Chassis. (GVWR 14,050) It only has 35k km on it. We purchased it from a fella who had owned it about a year, he bought from original owner. Before he got it, it had been sitting for over 5 years.

I have noticed that the brake pedal seems very hard compared to what I'm used to with our GMC Dualie 1 ton, and that when the engine is off, the pedal will click and sort of catch when you depress and release.

Also the steering feels odd, it's like it goes hard/soft. Not pulling or anything and not difficult to steer, just you can feel the wheel tighten and loosen as you drive (kind of like driving on bias ply tires, if anyone remembers back that far, hehe) The steering also doesn't return to center as it should (scared the crap out of me when I drove the first time) My husband says he doesn't notice this, but his everyday runner is an older Chevy 4x4 that I refuse to drive because it's all over the road, hehe) Maybe this feels good to him because he's used to his "buckwagon" as I call it.

I understand that this unit has the hydro-boost brake system, is it possible that there could be an issue with the PS pump that would effect both steering and brakes?

Also, with such low milage, one would think that everything would be in perfect order, could steering parts (ball joints and such) dry out and bind up causing the steering issue of not returning to center? Or issues with hydroboost or PS pump? My husband wants to dismiss these things becasue the unit has such low milage, but I wonder about it sitting for so many years...

Any input would be very helpful
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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In my experience....A vehicle left sitting goes bad more often than one being used....

I put a 67 Ford Mustang in storage when I went overseas... And when I got back to The States I cranked it up and drove it away and had to get it towed back to the dealer....

Everything was still under warranty.....Didn't cost me anything but time....The original problem...The brakes locked up and burned...The brakes failed yet again..soon after ....It got towed back....They fixed the AC three times in rapid succession.....They fixed the transmission....And a few more minor annoying things...

There was nothing wrong with the car when I stored it......I sold the car...
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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The steering issue could very well be the u-joint in the steering shaft. I had to replace a hand full on Ford E series. You turn the wheel and it goes fine, then binds and then lets go again. Also make sure to jack it up to take the weight off the steering to grease it. When it is off the ground try the steering, if it still does the hard soft deal the it is the shaft joint. It can not be serviced you have to replace the shaft.
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