inconsistent power steering

Jposey66

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Having weird issue with the power steering on my 97 GT. Drove it to dinner one night. When I left, it immediately had steering issues. Steering was notchy like the power assist was going away. It's almost undriveable because the power assist is so unpredictable now. I have installed a reman power steering pump and a reman rack and pinion and am still having the same problem. Can a Hydroboost issue cause these kind of problems? That's really all that's left in the system. I have searched all over this forum trying to find where someone has had a similar problem but no luck.

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Are you having issues with hard brakes too? Could be the hydroboost. Does it seems stiffer in the low rpm’s? And do you have underdrive pullies?
 
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Brakes may be a little off but not near as off as the steering. No underdrive pullies. Steering is weird at any rpm
 

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First, I’d start by checking the fluid in the resivoir for bubbles in the fluid while it’s acting up. There could be some air trapped in the system.
 
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Update: This ended up being the exterior universal joint in the steering shaft going bad. It was completely locked up in one axis.
 

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