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avila
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted July 23, 2003 05:46 PM  
78 camaro. problem started after wreck in
last saturday's race. none of the suspension or steering components are bent. wheel
travels freely from side to side.

sitting in the garage
or running car slowly and turning, it's just hard
to turn either left or right. new belt is tight, fluid is toped off. no noticable
noise coming from pump or belts while turning
the wheel.

if i put front of car up on jackstands, wheels turn fine and easily. if i raise only one of the
front wheels off the ground, either left or right, wheels turn fine and easy.

i disconnected the power steering belt, and
it takes just a little more effort to turn
the wheel, with and without the front wheels
off the ground.

does this sound like a problem with power steering pump or the steering box?

towmandan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted July 23, 2003 06:20 PM  
Have you tried raising rpm to speed the pump up Im betting your problem is in the steering box since youve had a crash but Ive seen crazier things happen running these cars....Let us know what you find out....Towman

wizzard
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 306
posted July 23, 2003 06:24 PM  
we had the same probem once took a hit in the front end and it started to turn real hard we changed pumps and belts then we took the gearbox apart and the worm gear was bent from the shock of the hit so we scraped the box and put in a new one problem was gone

avila
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted July 23, 2003 07:40 PM  
hey towman, I just went out to garage
and raised the rpm from idle, 1000, to about
2500 rpm and the problem went away, easy turning now. what does this indicate is the problem? should i replace the pump or is further analysis needed?

towmandan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted July 24, 2003 11:01 AM  
I would hate to point you in the wrong direction but if speeding the pump up makes it turn better sounds like the pump is on the way out....But I dont see where it could be related to your crash...Do you have a place where you could drive the car around some to do further checking? I think its the pump but Id like to be sure before you change it...No need in spending your hard earned money where its not needed...Let me know what you find...Towman

avila
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted July 25, 2003 11:35 AM  
a new pump was the fix, thanks for all the help.

towmandan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted July 25, 2003 06:58 PM  
Glad to help......Towman

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