This is the first vehicle I ever owned, purchased the summer before I turned 16. A couple years later I added the trail master suspension lift and flowmaster 40 series delta flow exhaust. It's stock other than that and a radio. I don't drive it much anymore but there are some issues I'd like to have fixed and I'm not sure where to start.
Problem number 1:
Over the last 6 years I've out under 10k miles on it but have replaced the power steering pump twice. There is a whining noise coming from under the good that fluctuates with rpm's. All the pulleys seem to be good as far as I can tell. The shop that replaced my last pump said my steering gearbox was bad and that was causing it to ruin pumps. Does that sound reasonable? If so, is installing a gearbox pretty straight forward or is there a bunch of special tools and knowledge that a guy needs? I see that O'Rileys auto parts has gearboxes with a limited lifetime warranty for $135.
Problem number 2:
Since the first day I had the lift installed the truck seems to twist when I hit a decent size bump. The front end seems to go the right as the suspension in compressed (from the drivers seat) and the back end to the left. I'm wondering if a bad shock could be the cause. Any ideas?
Problem number 3:
The windshield wipers don't always work when I turn them on. Sometimes they work fine, sometimes they won't work at all, and sometimes they'll start to work then stop half way trough their movement. I've been told that could be related to the ignition switch which might make sense because I did have a problem with it awhile back.
Problem number 4:
When I push in the clutch the pedal is slow to return at times. This started after the truck had set for a little over a year without being driven. I'm leaning towards a lubrication issue but I'm not sure. Any help y'all can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Edited to add: the motor is the 350ci and transmission is a 4 speed.
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