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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Pulled the liner out of the garage so I could get to the passenger side door panels today (doing a re-do for Woodward cause I just wasn't happy with em...) and no power steering....Hmm, threw a belt? Nope. Checked the fluid and the pump's bone dry. Crap, three weeks till Woodward and NOW the sucker starts breaking down on me again? Fill the reservoir up and resume work on the door panels. Look under the car later and there's a big puddle of fluid dripping out around the p/s ram. Sure am hoping it's only a line....Guess I'll break out the break cleaner and clean it up and see if I can tell where it's coming from... Gawd, I LOVE this hobby!!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 08:16 PM
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Funny you should say that - today I started mine for the first time in a few weeks, and when I bumped the steering wheel I heard a big squeal from the PS pump and sure enough, bone dry. There had been a puddle under there that I figured was fluid from the trans lines (lots of that stuff on the garage floor right now) but guess I was wrong. I hate the fittings on those things - I can never get the threads started or get a wrench on them once I do.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 08:22 PM
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Just rip em off and put on the manual steer adapter

Did that to mine, and it works out just fine, plus i needed to build up the arm strength anyways
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I'm having power steering issues as well. Just started leaking slowly from the control valve seal 2 weeks ago and now doesn't hold any fluid at all.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I'll fix it. But I can fix it and whine, too, if I wanna....
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 09:28 PM
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Wanna little cheese with that whine Mine is all on & not leaking! I do have some spacers ifn ya wanna bypass it & run a single belt...




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Dude, is eveybody haveing power steering issues right now? I am thinking of converting to manual...
My power steering pump is making some extra loud noise and I think the steering box went out on me as well.

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After I replaced my motor the power steering gave out on me, So I replaced it with a manual rack. Its one of the best improvments Ive made.
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How stiff is it at low speed with that manual rack? I've got that a ways down on the wish list and don't know whether to go manual or power if and when I do.
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With my torino and just the manual steering adapter with the power steering box, and a grant gt wheel, steering is a bear if you aren't moving. Once you are moving, its no problem
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Brian ... thanks for not bringing up the oil pan

Just kidding ...

But as a side note ... is that now 100% solved?
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-18-2005, 01:27 AM
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With my 460 and manual steering in my 71, Its a PITA to try and cut the wheels...

Im running a stock sized steering wheel to make life easier.

I will say that back when it was small block powered, it really wasnt bad, even with 235 section width tires on it.

I understand that a manual rack and pinion system is easier than a manual recirculating ball system, but Im not sure.

Personally, as a driver, I prefer manual steering. The road feel is far superior to that of any power steering system.

Those that say it cant be done should say so quietly, so as not to disturb those who are doing it.
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Darrel you would love my car PS but no pump with a small grant steering wheel
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I'd sure like that manual box!!!




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Boy am I glad to see that this is a power steering post. Have not been on here in a while and thought it was a Carl Rove post. Hope everyone gets thier cars fixed for Woodward. I will be attending Flashback Friday @ Beaver Springs Dragway.
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