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Author Topic:   Power Steering problems
The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted November 03, 2002 05:05 PM
Ok I have a problem maybe someone else has had, need some advice. I run a stock power steering pump, and when I first start the race it works fine, after i race about 3 or 4 laps, it quits working, turns hard to the left when i come into the corner, and hard to the right when i counter-steer. If we have a caution and on the re-start it works fine again for 3 or 4 more laps and then the same thing happens again, this just started doing this a week ago. The belt seems to be pretty tight, and its a new belt, so i dont think its slipping (there is a possibilty it is though, ya never know) amy suggestions or ideas? thanks in advance!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 156
posted November 03, 2002 08:56 PM
I ve had the same problem and replaced the pump and it fixed it try replacing the pump > are u using a old pump or is it new? i used to use old ones and had a lot of trouble with them so i bought a reman pump and ahd no trouble this year with it hope this helps

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 156
posted November 03, 2002 08:58 PM
forgot to add i was told by and old racer to use hydralic fluid instead of p/s fluid

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted November 03, 2002 08:59 PM
It sounds to me like your fluid is foaming. If you can find an old junk pump cut the neck off of it. Attatch this onto your pump with a 3"-4" piece of hose. This will allow you to run more fluid which will help. I am going to contridict myself with the next part, just wanted to get that out of the way. Most people use ATF in there pumps which is not a good thing. True,genuine, the real deal powersteering fluid is the best to use in GM and the GM style systems. If you have an older system that might have a slight leak at the box or on the pumps seals I would suggest using R&O hydralic fluid. This is used in all ag and construction equipment and is darn good stuff. It will help the seals to very slightly swell and has great anti foaming capibilities. You can get it at Tractor Supply or most ag supplies. Let us know what you do.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 352
posted November 04, 2002 03:37 AM
easy fix, good to 7000 rpm, use synthetic power steer fluid,synpower, its a blend, napa has it..

also extend the neck approx 3 inches taller and vent it well, dont over fill it.

put a small tranny cooler in the return line.

you can also get a larger pulley and put it on, go to a junk yard and look at everything, i got one of a olds 88 thats really big, i had to shim the mounting brackets to line it back up with the pulley, but i used this pump for years before i went to a astro van one with a remote reservoir...

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