Possible power steering issue.

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This afternoon I started my Bronco for the first time in a week and a half and strangely the steering was not strong enough to turn the wheels when parked. I rolled forward and was able to turn with way more effort than when I last drove it. After a 20 km drive the steering is better but still requires much more effort than it should. It has been extremely cold the past few days (in the -30C range) and it was -20C when I started the Bronco but my 2012 F-150 also had electric power steering and never had any issue, even down to -46C. Has anyone else seen something like this?

I currently have 570 km on the odometer.


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This afternoon I started my Bronco for the first time in a week and a half and strangely the steering was not strong enough to turn the wheels when parked. I rolled forward and was able to turn with way more effort than when I last drove it. After a 20 km drive the steering is better but still requires much more effort than it should. It has been extremely cold the past few days (in the -30C range) and it was -20C when I started the Bronco but my 2012 F-150 also had electric power steering and never had any issue, even down to -46C. Has anyone else seen something like this?

I currently have 570 km on the odometer.
Electric PS should not be affected by cold. Sounds like you need to take it in.
 
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Just a quick update. This has not happened again since last week. The steering does feel heavier than it should but I really didn’t have enough seat time before this happened so I can’t be sure what the correlation is. Supposed to be be down around -40C here over the next couple of days so we’ll see what happens.
 

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Holy balls that is cold. At that temp all sorts of things can go Wakky.
 

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LOL, went to convert -40C ... it's the parity point for C to F .... -40C = -40F

,,,and yeah, that's gottdam cold!!!
 

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Just a quick update. This has not happened again since last week. The steering does feel heavier than it should but I really didn’t have enough seat time before this happened so I can’t be sure what the correlation is. Supposed to be be down around -40C here over the next couple of days so we’ll see what happens.
Wow -40C....I wonder what that would be in Fahrenheit? ;)
 

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LOL, went to convert -40C ... it's the parity point for C to F .... -40C = -40F

,,,and yeah, that's gottdam cold!!!
Here’s a geeky quick mental math conversion C to F. Take C x2 (take off 10 percent) and add 32. Very accurate.

So -40 x 2= -80 (take off 10 percent or 8)=-72 +32=-40…

pilot hack. And yeah -40 is arctic cold… many aircraft have limitations associated with temperatures-40 and below. Machines and electrical components start getting cranky at those temps. So definitely could be temp related.
 

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Goodness Paul, -40 below. I think the next time I took my Bronco out in that much cold it would be loaded with everything I own, and headed south. :)

Hope there's nothing seriouly wrong with your steering. If possible maybe swing by your dealer, and let them check. That is they're not all frozen stiff.
 

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This afternoon I started my Bronco for the first time in a week and a half and strangely the steering was not strong enough to turn the wheels when parked. I rolled forward and was able to turn with way more effort than when I last drove it. After a 20 km drive the steering is better but still requires much more effort than it should. It has been extremely cold the past few days (in the -30C range) and it was -20C when I started the Bronco but my 2012 F-150 also had electric power steering and never had any issue, even down to -46C. Has anyone else seen something like this?

I currently have 570 km on the odometer.
Curious, what GOAT mode was it set for?
 

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Any puddles under the Bronco (or where it had been parked)? Could have ruptured something. Just a guess.
 

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I had experienced this a couple of time. It feels like the engine went off and the steering feels heavy. Those couple of time I had to check if the engine was still running.

No errors, no cold temperatures (almost 80 degrees) Not cold start and I'm on almost 900 miles on it already.
 
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So last night it was -27C and I hadn’t driven the Bronco since the night before. The steering was extremely stiff, sorta feeling like turning the wheel with an hydraulic system with the engine turned off. It took a few turns of the wheel for it to loosen up but still felt stiff.

This morning, at -33C the wheel was completely dead on startup. I had to turn it with both hands just to break it free. After a few turns back and forth it is still extremely stiff. I forgot to take a video.

I don’t know what could be causing this but it is super annoying and I will have to take it in to the dealer next week.
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