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Old 10-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #72 (permalink)
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wood hauler - '91 Ford F-250
Team Pontiac
90 day: 18.97 mpg (US)

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We removed the power steering on our car and F-250.

The car was very hard to steer with the belt off because you still have to push the fluid through the vector and pump. I drained most of the fluid and looped the lines at the rack. For the pump, I removed the vanes and put it back together with some oil in it so it would not burn up the bushings. The car used a serp belt so I could not leave it off. It worked great and my wife loved driving it. The steering effort was almost zero and you could feel what the tires were doing.

The truck was a little different. I rerouted the belt and cut the lines to loop them at the steering box. It was ok, but 3,000 lbs on the steer tires was killer on the arms with the original steering box. I picked up a manual box from the parts store and WOW! My wife can drive that too.

Neither one of us likes power steering anymore because you can't feel what the tires are doing. Manual steering lets you feel when they start to slip and gives you more feel for the road.

1991 F-250:
4.9L, Mazda 5 speed, 4.10 10.25" rear
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