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Author Topic:   POWER STEERING
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted July 06, 2004 11:44 AM  
How do I adjust the power steering pressure? I have replaced the pump 2 times, making it marginally better. I would like to make it work with less effort. This is a stock pump and box set-up.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted July 08, 2004 02:29 PM  

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted July 08, 2004 02:55 PM  
Only thing I can think of is to install a steering quickener...but I'm far from an expert on this subject.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted July 08, 2004 03:32 PM  
There may be a way to modify the internals of the pump, there's no adjustment screw or anything like that.
Adding the quickner is just going to make it harder.
Good place to start is check for air in the system. Any growling sound. Most pumps rapidly bleed themselves. Most high steering effort complaints are caused by power steering lines that are coming apart internally, they collapse, kink, swell...etc. That can cause a restriction in the system.
once you are on the race track is it easier to steer ? Wide tires and caster angle can make the steering heavy during during slow manuevering in the pits, trailer etc..
Is anything binding? On my camaro i watch how i put the adjuster sleeve clamps after adjusting toe, they ride very close to the lower control arm.
You may try jacking the car up and then blocking the wheels up to ride height by supporting the lower control arms. Steering should be nice and easy then, crawl under and watch everything move side to side. You may find a bent idler arm is allowing the center link to foul the crossmember.
Hope i've helped.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted July 08, 2004 10:14 PM  
there is a fitting that screws in the back of the pump, where the pressure line screws in, change that fitting and you can adjust the "feel". Smaller is tighter,, bigger easier. Just gotta play with it till you find what you like.

Donnie Ross
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 264
posted July 09, 2004 05:02 AM  
go to a junk yard and get the fitting and relief valve from a luxury barge such as caddy or buick.


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