88 D250 PS and auto trans questions
I'm looking at a high mileage truck. The power steering hasn't worked in over a year. They say they haven't looked into getting it fixed. Said they were adding fluid until it wouldn't hold any anymore. The outside hose was disconnected. They said they did not know this. Is it possible the hose was not tight when the engine was replaced and over time started leaking and finally came completely undone? What are the chances of it working after hooking up the hose and putting in fluid? Or replacing the pump? What else can go wrong with power steering? Also when starting off the transmission slipped then grabbed. The owner said it hasn't been doing that. Went 100 yards stopped and it did it again when pulling onto the highway. Went a half mile stopped and it did it again when turning onto another road. Drove for about 5 miles and turned around. When I started off this time it seemed to do just fine. The 318 motor was supposed to have been replaced about 100,000 miles ago. Said they had about 300,000 on the first engine.
I need a cheep truck, but need the power steering, and won't have funds for transmission repair. Please let me know what I should know. Thank you.