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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:40 am 
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I was just reading somewhere that the rubber boots on the steering arms are pressurised when the rack operates????

Is this correct???

Would having the boots broken affect the steering at all???

I always thought they were just covers to keep out dirt???

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:40 pm 
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Lukieman wrote:
I was just reading somewhere that the rubber boots on the steering arms are pressurised when the rack operates????

Is this correct???

Would having the boots broken affect the steering at all???

I always thought they were just covers to keep out dirt???


You are right they are just dust covers, if they are pressurised then the rack would have a bad leak. If they are split then dirt will get into the rack.

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:43 pm 
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Theyre not meant to bepressurised, but mine were :D Had a blown seal on the end of the rack, was chewing through power steering oil as fast as fuel it seemed...

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:50 pm 
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Theyre not meant to bepressurised, but mine were :D Had a blown seal on the end of the rack, was chewing through power steering oil as fast as fuel it seemed...


Hrmm, this could be the problem with me as I'm losing bulk power steering fluid. Every 2 or 3 days the pump is empty and needs filling!

I'll try to fix it after exams.

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:58 pm 
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Yeah, could be. Check your power steering switch and all hoses first though.

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:01 pm 
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Andrew J wrote:
Yeah, could be. Check your power steering switch and all hoses first though.


Power steering switch???

I get the feeling that its the pressure hose tho. Cause I've changed the top seal of it but it still doesn't seem like a tight fit, Maybe the hose it buggered.

I'll keep you posted when I have more time.

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Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:20 pm 
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I have leak in the power steering, but its coming from the pump as it is dripping the fluid all over my alternator...

... hey, did everyone know that power steering fluid is just auto transmission fluid???!? I didn't know that until recently...

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:34 pm 
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I use ATF in my power steering pump.
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Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:48 pm 
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Lukieman wrote:
I have leak in the power steering, but its coming from the pump as it is dripping the fluid all over my alternator...

... hey, did everyone know that power steering fluid is just auto transmission fluid???!? I didn't know that until recently...


Not all of them, Ford changed the spec in EL to MOBILFLUID 424 which is a hydraulic oil originally used in tractor transmissions.

 

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