If there are people who can attest to the importance of a power steering pressure switch,that would be the outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who own a Ford Ranger. Driving this heavy-duty truck off rough terrains tests the driver's maneuvering skills. The rocky, muddy, and slippery routes of an off-the-road-driving often twitch the front wheels making them unaligned. In this situation, the power steering pressure switch turns on and gauges how much pressure is needed to put the wheels back on track. It would be then easier for the driver to twist and turn the steering wheel.
An old and worn-out switch can no longer perform that job so you have to install a new one. This article tells you how to replace the power steering pressure switch in your Ford Ranger.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Set of wrenches
- Power steering fluid
- Plastic container
Step 1: It is advisable to do this task when the engine is cool. If you just came home after a drive, wait for a few minutes to cool the engine down.
Step 2: Open the car hood and find the power steering fluid container. Drain the old and used fluid by releasing the lock ring of the return fluid line. Let the old fluid flow into a bottle or jar before disposing.
Step 3: Detach the pressure hose from the switch. Use a wrench to loosen the nut that holds it in place. Pull the hose out of the system.
Step 4: Disconnect the switch from the compression fitting. Remove the compression fitting then remove the power steering pressure switch.
Step 5: Get the new power steering pressure switch and place it in the pump. Reattach the compression fitting and make sure that it is hand tight.
Step 6: Reconnect the pressure hose on top of the switch. Insert the compression fitting back to its place. Tighten the assembly using the wrench.
Step 7: Attach the fluid line. See to it that the lock ring is properly placed to prevent leaks.
Step 8: Refill the power steering tank with the new power steering fluid. Refer to your car's manual to know the exact amount of fluid to put.
Just a tip:
- Choose a power steering pressure switch that is compatible to Ford Ranger. There is no standard switch so check the specifics in your car's manual.
- Be careful with the hoses when removing and reconnecting them. There are metal tubes attached to them so avoid twisting them.