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Old 03-05-2003, 07:56 PM   #1
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I recently changed my ps & alternator belt to a shorter one that eliminates the pump from the loop....thereby disabling my power steering. The steering actually feels pretty good and there seems to be a slight increase in power from the pump being disconnected...though this may be in my tiny little mind. Anyway, my question is this....some of the local guys in our group were talking about this and have mentioned to me that I may have an issue with the rack due to metal shaving floating around the rack because the pump is not running. This made no sense to me due to the fact that the pump is merely for pressure and not there as a cleansing / filtering device. Anyone have any input on this type of thing???
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Old 03-05-2003, 10:34 PM   #2
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I think you're safe, Doug. On old skool conversions, folks simply make a short length of hose to connect both fittings together. If things are lubricated, there shouldn't be any shavings.....

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Old 03-06-2003, 12:25 AM   #3
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Thats really interesting... So based on how the rack feels to you, do you think that a manual rack could be installed for less strain on the engine and a quicker steering ratio? What made you decide to disable your power assist in the first place? -Thanks
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Old 03-06-2003, 12:36 AM   #4
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Jay,
That is pretty much what I was told by folks I had asked and what I thought based on my past experience with power steering and hydraulics (which is not much).

Peter,
I think it would definately be nice to have a manual rack in the car....the power rack when disconnected has so much more "feel" for the road surface and you are more connected with what the tires are doing. I thought about this after my trip to Radisson, Quebec. It is REALLY far north...almost at the top of the James Bay, and it gets very cold...-20 to -30ish F...and while driving the car gets very cold and things work a little differently. The power steering, for example, does not exsist.....it feels very tight and the fluid must be like syrup. I liked the way it felt on the road, so I wanted to duplicate it. The brakes also felt REALLY strong.....no pedal mush at all....though I am not sure how to duplicate that without a booster swap!!
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You'll blow your head gasket!
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Old 03-07-2003, 12:06 AM   #6
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You'll blow your head gasket!



oh yeah, how is the car when parking? I would like to do this also. Just don't want to get pop-eye arms from parking the car in Denver.
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