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Sularus 09-11-2010 09:07 PM

New Guy with long commute
 
Hello everyone. I stumbled onto this site while researching an idea I have for modifying a power steering pump with an electric clutch commonly found on ac compressors. I want to do this with control circuitry to control when the clutch is engaged and when it is off for optimal savings. I will also be doing a mod to control when the field wire for the alternator is energized.

I drive a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix with the 3.8L non supercharged engine. I have a 45 mile commute to and from work, so I am seriously interested in saving fuel. Unfortunetley I cannot afford to get rid of this vehicle right now, so I am looking to scrape together the parts I need to get things done.

Anyway, I look forward to learning as much as I can from everyone here.

Frank Lee 09-12-2010 01:13 AM

Just pull the belt off altogether if you can and be done with it. Power steering is quite manageable w/o power.

Sularus 09-12-2010 09:24 AM

I would except it is a serpentine system, and the car weighs almost 3500 lbs with most of the weight on the front wheels. I have tried turning it without power steering and it is very hard to move. Especially at low speeds.


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