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leftturn73
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted April 28, 2002 10:49 AM
I purchased a KSE tandom pump (used) and I am having problems with low RPM steering, (in the pits etc.) Pullys are 26 tooth pump and 16 on crank KSE says thats fine. I run a sweet tank and I have added vent holes. The lines are standard lines. Gear box is stock chevelle with 2X1 quickner. All front end parts are new (no bind). Anyone have the same problem, and if so how did you fix it.
Thanks

awkwardjeff
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 390
posted April 28, 2002 11:18 AM
This is the problem buying used stuff....when you bolt it on the car and have a problem you don't know what it is....
with that said, I have had this problem twice, and both times it was the steering box. NOT THE PUMP...... try replacing the box. then start the motor and turn the steering wheel from lock to lock BEFORE hooking up the drag link......then you know it's not the box, after hooking up the draglink the problem comes back you need to look at tie-rods and things........

I have a KSE that is 5 years and NEVER been apart, my spare is 8 years and never been apart.........if the belt tension is adjusted correct and you keep the fluids clean they are touble free for ever I think.

99EMBREY
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted April 30, 2002 08:52 PM
i have the same set up that you do,steers great at idle,i had a problem like your,s once ,it was the sterring box.

PJay72
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted May 02, 2002 12:14 AM
KSE pump are unregulated hydraulic pumps. The faster you spin a KSE the more it pumps. At idle (of the middle of the corners) it may have insufficient flow for your steering. When the revs come up the car gets easy to steer. At the big end the car may be too easy to steer. (OK we’re talking about modifieds w/ quickeners so it will probably never get too easy, but I see this all the time in late models) Automotive power steering pumps ARE regulated; they have pressure relief circuits in them. KRC pumps have an output fitting that you can change to allow more (or less) flow, but since it an automotive pump it is limited to a max output. You are better off with ANY BRAND of power steering pump instead of a KSE.
Pete

leftturn73
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted May 05, 2002 10:20 PM
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Originally posted by leftturn73:
I purchased a KSE tandom pump (used) and I am having problems with low RPM steering, (in the pits etc.) Pullys are 26 tooth pump and 16 on crank KSE says thats fine. I run a sweet tank and I have added vent holes. The lines are standard lines. Gear box is stock chevelle with 2X1 quickner. All front end parts are new (no bind). Anyone have the same problem, and if so how did you fix it.
Thanks

leftturn73
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted May 05, 2002 10:22 PM
Thanks for the input, I will try a new steering box, then if no good I will look into another pump.

dirtracer14
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 333
posted May 05, 2002 10:27 PM UIN: 23443678
Let me know if you are gonna sell the kse. Thanks,Craig

ZIGGY
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted May 06, 2002 12:07 AM
Try KSE's hydraulic fluid or their recommended substitutes rather than standard automotive power steering fluid. KSE's number is 800-443-3562.

joeymod2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted May 09, 2002 11:14 AM
ALSO DON'T FORGET TO LOOK AT THE QUICK STEER. I had the same problem when i first used the KSE. went through everything then found that the quick steer was binding.

dirtbuster
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted May 09, 2002 01:13 PM
We have run a kse for years and never had trouble with steering. I would suspect something else.

What rpm do you idle at? We keep ours at 1100-1200?

leftturn73
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted May 09, 2002 01:32 PM
I am using the KSE fluid now, thought that would be best.I will look into the quicker, did not even think of that. I used to idle at 1000-1200rpm but increased to 1500 to see if would help, it has some. I will check the quickner out and give feedback.

Thanks again for all the feedback.

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