I just replaced the power valve on my 70 Cougar. I hooked up the hoses
the way they came off ( I am pretty sure!) But now the steering seems
real tight. Did I cross a hose from the power cylinder to the power
valve? The two from the power cylinder to the power valve are the only
ones I am not sure of. I replaced the power cylinder a few weeks ago
and the steering was good but sloppy and would not track well down the
road. I replaced the power valve tonight with a rebuilt one and now it
feels like there is no power steering but it definitly handles better.
Any help appreciated.
Are you talking about a carburetor or a power steering gear? If youre
talking about the gear fill up the pump and turn the wheel all the way
to both sides with the engine idling to bleed it, then recheck the
level. If it still doesn't work, check for a slipping belt (seams it
would smoke unless it was very loose) since the pump is new and worked
with the old gear I would guess the gear is bad.
If you were to somehow reverse the hoses and the pump works, it would
blow the return hose up it a heatbeat.
Does it make any noise at all? If not might be the pump's shaft may
have broken. (seen that a few times, no leaks, all looks good but it
won't pump any fluid, and no warning)
If you mean you replaced the power valve on your Holley disregard
all of the above. :)
If you are talking about the hydralic ram assist: If you put the hoses on
backwards you will know about it in a hurry. First time you turn the wheel
with engine on the steering system will voilently swing to max both
directions all by itself.
There are set screws on that assembly to adjust for response. It has been
decades since I played with such systems.
Last was a 70 torino GT
Been a long, log time since I worked with one of these systems.... IIRC, it
is easy to get the adjustment on the spool so tight that it can't open the
hyraulic ports. Even when these systems were much newer, they weren't that
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