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Power steering help needed.
« on: August 10, 2010, 02:32:16 AM »
Hi All.
Just got my Mustang back from having the power steering box reconditioned. Its had a new ram  and power control valve kit fitted. I took it to a steering specialist. Didn't want to mess with the steering myself.
When i collected it i noticed that as you drive it is harder to turn the steering wheel to the right than it was to turn it to the left. Ie the right turn has more resistance than the left.
I jacked up the front so the wheels were off the ground. And turned the steering whilst the car was not running. It felt equal left and right.
So am i right in thinking that because the steering is ok when the PAS is off then when the PAS is on, the fault appears, means that the power control valve is incorrectly adjusted?
Hope i explained that ok :)
I told the guy that did the work what was happening. He says that i should drive it for a couple of weeks to see if it will bed in. What do you all think.
Thanks.......muncher

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 04:18:15 PM »
He just doesn't want to work on it any more.  I've never heard of "bed in."  But since you have the warranty on his work (I hope you do) I would take his advice, and if it doesn't improve, I'd  take it right back to him. 

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2010, 06:59:07 PM »
Its going back this week, to be done properly this time.
He says he will balance it on the bench.

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010, 05:08:06 AM »
Let us know how it turns out. 

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2010, 04:04:35 AM »
Got the mustang back, very pleased with the result. No play nice and tight. The guy doesn't normally open on saturdays but he went in to sort it. So couldn't be too mad at him.

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010, 10:42:56 AM »
Consider the final outcome if and when you are asked for a referral. Some shops will ignore your complaints (can you say "lawyer"), some will whine but do you right and some will fix their mistakes no questions asked. The latter are few and far between.
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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2010, 04:27:40 PM »
Agreed Jim.
This guy did his best for me in the end. Even opened on the weekend, so i could get my car back. I think we reached an understanding. He knew he should have got it right before releasing the car. But made up for it. I will use him again.

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2010, 04:54:20 PM »
Sounds like an honest mechanic to me.  Glad you got her squared away. 

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2010, 03:08:28 PM »
Got the mustang back, very pleased with the result. No play nice and tight. The guy doesn't normally open on saturdays but he went in to sort it. So couldn't be too mad at him.

Did he say what the problem was?  My 66 is doing the same thing.  I can make left hand turns just fine but to the right is very tough.  Thanks.

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Re: Power steering help needed.
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2010, 06:22:43 PM »
Hi.
He told me he had to send the unit in to have it balanced on the bench. There is a valve in there that is adjusted and is sometimes difficult to balance equally. They use a gauge to get it accurately set. Mine was normal turning left but turning right was almost like there was no power streering. Made it difficult to drive.
Hope that helps.

 

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