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Cold Power Steering Groan

22 February 2018 - 07:48 AM

I hooked onto my trailer and left the truck parked outside last night (not normal).  This morning it was 19F and windy when I fired the truck up at 4AM, let it warm up for about 5min while I went in and grabbed my coffee.


As I pull away I hear the power steering pump groan when I turn the wheel, it's done this before after a really cold start but it was exceptionally loud this morning and I could feel the vibration from it in the steering and brakes.  Normally it'll go away by the end of the driveway but today I could hear and feel it till I got through town, about 3-4miles.  I'm used to odd noises and vibrations in my old truck but this was pretty unnerving, I had visions of shearing the tabs off the shaft like Russ did a few years ago, fortunately it eventually freed up and simmered down.


Is this a sign that my pump is going T.U.? Maybe there's a valve or something sticking when it's cold? Something I can do for maintenance on the pump, maybe change the fluid?


I didn't check the fluid this morning but I check it occasionally and it doesn't appear to be leaking.

Chrysler extended warranty, money well spent.

19 February 2018 - 05:27 PM

When we bought the wifes 2012 Town and Country van a number of years ago with 28k miles on it we decided to get the lifetime unlimited mile warranty. I figured its good peace of mind since we need to keep it for about 10yrs. So far its needed a steering rack, struts and today I find out it needs a new CAM SHAFT! This thing only has 85k miles on it. Fortunately each repair only costs me the $100 deductible.

The moral of the story is if youre buying a Chrysler product and plan on keeping it for a while I think this is money well spent.

Seems cars these days are mostly throw away POS any way.


12 February 2018 - 02:25 PM

At some point recently when I use the mobile version of the page on my iPhone it stopped recognizing apostrophes. If I type Ill, well, theyre, hell... it looks fine in the box but they vaporize when I click post.

Not the end of the world but the technical writer in me strives for somewhat proper punctuation, then my mind gets blown when it disappears :).

Dry side - Wet side and back

12 February 2018 - 10:26 AM

At some point over the next couple weeks Im gonna do a cannonball run with my truck and trailer to pick up a tractor in Arlington and bring it back to my place. Itll be there and back in a day so not a lot of time for messing around at the other end but if need be well see what we can fit in. Trailer will be relatively empty going over and have some space around the tractor/loader/back blade coming back. Will make a stop at Hoss to pick up some goodies hes holding for me.

Tentatively looking like Friday the 23rd.

WTB tool box

02 January 2018 - 07:43 PM

Ive come to realize I need another toolbox so Im looking for a bottom, top cabinet setup. Cant afford that fancy Snap Off stuff. Figured Id see if anyone here had something they wanted to unload.