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Power Steering Removal

Old 03-08-2004, 02:27 PM
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My power steering belt fell off today and I kind of liked driving with out it. So I was wondering what is the best way to remove it? Should I get a manual rack or can I just use the one that is on there right now. If the manual rack is the best way to go, where can I get one for an 86 GXL?
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:28 PM
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If you don't get a manual rack, you can just take out the PS pump, lines, and computer, and then loop the lines on the steering rack. Just make sure to do it right or you'll pop the seal on the rack, and that's no fun.
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Old 03-08-2004, 03:10 PM
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Driving with a true manual rack is actually even nicer than driving with the P/S one without the belt. I have had both.



I removed the pump and exchanged the rack myself. It was tough but worth it. I like the way it drives and I do not have to **** around with the leaks anymore.



Mazdatrix sells them but they are expensive. I got one from my local shop for far less, it was used but far less. Just got to look around. I am sure someone around here knows.



If you are going to do the exchange yourself, allow for good time. You have to remove the front anti-sway bar to get the rack off and even then it has to be fanagled out. Not tough just need time.
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Old 03-08-2004, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by gazellis' date='Mar 8 2004, 03:10 PM
Driving with a true manual rack is actually even nicer than driving with the P/S one without the belt. I have had both.
I agree. My opinion may not count since my PS rack got fuxxored when I looped the lines, but even at its easiest, a manual rack is much easier. My sport has one and the TII I'm hoping to get soon also has one. Win.
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:34 PM
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Driving with the belt off is a LOT hard than driving with it all removed and done right.



I pulled my pump/lines and then drained most ( but not all. You need some fluid in there to keep it lubricated ) of the PS fluid and plugged it back up. Been that way for almost a year now.
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:56 PM
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m friends car has power steering and his steering is super loose all the time like you are going 80 and the wheel in you look at wrong the car wants to loose control is ther any way to adjust it so it is not so loose all the time? I once read that there is a way to adjust the computer so its tighter?
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Old 03-09-2004, 02:02 PM
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I got a couple of manual racks laying around if you want to do the swap.



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Old 03-09-2004, 02:18 PM
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if u remove the pump and and that whole pulley section over there do u free up any power??
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Originally Posted by UniqueTII' date='Mar 8 2004, 01:35 PM
I agree. My opinion may not count since my PS rack got fuxxored when I looped the lines, but even at its easiest, a manual rack is much easier. My sport has one and the TII I'm hoping to get soon also has one. Win.
Then why did you recommend looping the lines?



Right now I'm trying to figure out if I should loop lines or just block them off entirely..
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I think it's because:



Originally Posted by UniqueTII' date='Mar 8 2004, 02:28 PM
If you don't get a manual rack, you can just take out the PS pump, lines, and computer, and then loop the lines on the steering rack. Just make sure to do it right or you'll pop the seal on the rack, and that's no fun.


The same thing will happen if you just cap them and there's fluid in there.
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