On a '95 Aerostar, that is. The same half-assed, half-plastic, noisy POS
is (was?) used on many Ford products. My pump has seeped fluid for a
couple of years, but now the seep has turned into a steady dribble.
Makes for a really messy driveway, not to mention using a *lot*
at two bucks a quart!
I'm sure the leak is at the high pressure port, on the large fitting
that screws into the crappy plastic pump body. I'm also sure that the
leak is *not*
between that fitting and the smaller fitting (that screws
into the large fitting) on the upper end of the high pressure hose that
goes to the rack & pinion. The large fitting appears to have a thin
fiber washer or gasket between it and the plastic body.
Now for the question: Neither Chilton nor Haynes manuals have *any*
about servicing the damned pump, other than "remove and replace". The
manuals do say that a wrench must be used to prevent the large fitting
from turning when screwing the smaller fitting into it. OK, so maybe
that's to prevent stripping the threads or cracking the crappy plastic
body. Can the large fitting simply be removed so the fiber washer/gasket
can be replaced, or will removing the fitting cause something to fall to
pieces inside the lousy pump?
Words of wisdom from those who actually know will be appreciated. Thanks
for reading this far - I didn't intend to get so "wordy", but tried to
make myself clear.