Power Steering Pump

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  1. sperold

    sperold Last to Know Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know how much pressure a GenI power steering pump generates.
    Just generally, and does it change much with RPM.

    Trying to stop a leak in one of the 2 directional lines on the rack, and would like to know what I am up against.

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    Here's what you're up against. Either replace a seal or replace the hose.
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    No idea the actual pressure, but RPM affects the flow rate, you can see this in the return line and swirling fluid of the reservoir. The "piston" has perhaps 1 square inch of area or less, so it likely directly translates pounds per square inch <-> pounds of assist force.

    My guess is that pressure is only built when you turn, the power steering gear restricts the flow and directs it to assist, and you can hear this work in a power steering pump whine just when you turn, especially when you hit the stops.

    The return transfer tube should have little pressure. For the input and output hoses:

    "The gear incorporates quick-connect fittings for the pressure and return lines that allow the lines to swivel. If the fittings leak, check to ensure they are tightened to 10-15 ft-lb (do not over-tighten) (ed: it also says 10-20 elsewhere). If the leak is not corrected, replace the fitting seals.

    Here is that seal, #36 seals below. Ford part is 388898-S.

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    PS ignore this diagram if you have VAPS, that rack is non-serviceable, even to put a new seal in the end.
     
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    Thanks so much for the parts description.

    The lines 40 H and 41 H are exactly what I am talking about.

    It seems I either need to tighten the outer nuts or install new small seals.

    And there is always a chance one of them has rusted out.

    As soon as the temperature gets a bit more above freeing, I will be putting it up on the ramps and figuring it out. Oh, and it rains every day now, so that makes it even better.

    Thanks again !


     
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    So with the connection to the steering shaft on the drivers side, what can leak on the pass side and burn off/drip on the subframe mount? Is that where the lines are?
     
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    On the subframe bushing, chances are better that it is a piston end seal, because of course that is a wear part that takes removal and partial disassembly of the rack and special tools...

    An end leak shouldn't make its way to hot exhaust, though. It will just dissolve your bushing to mush.

    You can see if the inside of the boot is dry when you do your inner tie rod end that you haven't thought about for a while. Or if you can dump out red from the bellows. If so, you can hope AutoRX does what others have attested in softening the seal. Steering stop leak in a bottle is not compatible with Type F.
     
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    My issue is where the 2 lines come out of the rack assembly on the drivers side and turn 180 degrees.

    When you take the drivers side tire off and look through the inner fender, you can see the fitting(s) nut which start out dry, slowly get moist and turn into a droplet, which drops off when another one forms.
    I have to get some help and have them turn the wheel slightly to see which is the offender.
     
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    Put the car up on front ramps and it turns out it is the short line that leaks at the fitting. That is the one that assists when you turn right.

    I can barely see the line and fitting, let alone get a wrench on it. And the lines don't look like they would respond well to being moved around.

    I was thinking that the underneath look would be a big benefit, but I was wrong.
     

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