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As is normal my heep is not going to gether right.

I got the tie rod and draglink on today and tried out the power steering for the first time. Of course it was all fawked up. Instead of supa smooth power assit I have a jerky wheel that fights back when you try to turn it.

I promptly checked the fluid level and it was OK. I thought maybe it needed to work out some air or a obstruction so I kept cycling it a few times. No help.

Then I got a helper to spin the wheel for me while I watched the whole mess move around. Lopoking at the pump when the wheel was turned I could see that it was draging..to the point where it would almost stop <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">

I have to wonder if I got the ports on the box backwards...anyone know the inlet and outlet for sure? I asked before but I can't find the post.

Or could it be a problem in mixing the pump and box from a different source? I have a GM pump and a Jeep box buit I don't see where that should effect it.

Any ideas?

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Yo Duggie, check the Great lakes board, I put up a reply there. And am too lazy to retype <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Just checked the lines, they are right by all the info I could find.

The belt tension seems OK to.

The pulley is canted a little because of all the pump/mount/block/braket messing around I have had to do. The only thing I can think of at this time is that the canted pulley is letting it slip even with good tension on it.

Either that or little bits of air in the line ....but I don't see why that would try and stop the pump.

I also just thought I might have oil or sumptin on the pulley but I can't imagine that would do it intermitantly......
 

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keep working it back and forth, had the same symptoms but it seemed to work the air out finally. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Sounds to me like there is a problem with the control valve, or the seal are worn out in the input section. I should not fight back, air in the line would just cause you to loose assist, not fight back the other direction.
 

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Originally posted by Keith:
<STRONG>Sounds to me like there is a problem with the control valve, or the seal are worn out in the input section. I should not fight back, air in the line would just cause you to loose assist, not fight back the other direction.</STRONG>

This is kind of what I thought. I played with it some more and it seems more like I am loosing the power assit then it is fighting back. It's a real bitch to turn the tires on concrete with it stationary. It all seemed to me just like it was loosing pressure to air. However the pump stoping has me all confused. I don;t thinnk it is the control valve, my understanding is that if it was bad it would always want to go one direction or the other. The seals could be...if they where bad it would feed back pressure to the pump? Hmmm, I thought there was a check valve in the pressure line?

Some one has to have had this same problem before....should I change the box? It's easy and I do have a spare.
 

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I'm almost positive your hoses are backwards. Try disconnecting the mechanical linkage between the box and ram, and jack up the front. See if the pitman arm and ram are moving the same direction.

Hope this helps,
 

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No ram. This is not a ram assisted setup (yet). I run baby tires till I get some more scratch.

This is normal power assist steering.
 

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The return line is closest to the frame, the pressure line is closer to the adjuster nut on the box. The pump shouldnt stop or even slow down. IT has a regulator built in it. If your lines are correct, Id guess the pump was bad.
 

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Just a note,
if the adjustor nut has been cranked down if could make the steering jerky and hard to move cause the gears are being smashed together.
 

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Well, it's fixed.

Basically I'm dumb....Part of the problem was the tires dragging to much on the concrete of the drive. I aired them up (one was pretty flat) and tried again. A little help. Put it on jackstands and it was fine but a little "notchy" feeling.

I decided to straighten out the P/S pump and pulley to see if that was letting it slip and then I noticed the problem.....I had the belt on the wrong friggin' groove on the pulley <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0"> It was rubbing on the bottom of the water pump pulley and the water pump was trying to drag the belt backwards. Well Imoved it back tot he seconed pulley and it is much better. It still has issues because I can't get the belt tight enough due to my brakets having been all hacked up. ah well, at least it works now <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Thanks all for the input.
 
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