I think my steering is going out.
I drive a 2004 F150 that has worked wonderfully since I purchased it, used, in 2009. It currently has about 221,000 miles on it. I have its oil changed regularly and my mechanic typically does a once-over for the whole vehicle as well.
Yesterday I was driving in the parking ramp at work and I noticed the steering wheel was harder to turn and it kept making clicking noises.
I asked about it at work and someone said that it sounded like the power steering fluid was low? But it could be more serious? All the garages in my area are closed until Monday and I don't have access to an extra vehicle before then.
When I drove home after work I didn't notice the clicking in the steering at all. But I am planning a 6 hour drive next week and I don't want to set off and have something go out while I'm on the highway or anything.
Thoughts? When I bring it to the garage on Monday I'd like to have an idea of what could be wrong with it... Does it just sound like the fluid or something more serious?
I've never had a major issue with it so I kind of feel like it's due for one lol
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That is a lot of Miles lol, suprised it has went for that long.
Fist check power steering fluid level and make sure it's near the "full" level.
The way you describe it, it does look your your power steering is going. So #1 check the fluid level of your power steering. This is the the thing for your exact truck. If that is ok then it could well be your power steering pump is done for. Cause as you describe.. you could need a new power steering p[ump