Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:25 pm Post subject: Flushing the rack?
My power steering pump died in a big way Never heard a whine or anything, then last week I took the car for a spin & it started whining, growling & steering was just about gone. Luckily I was at the parts store anyways (for another vehicle) so I went back in & grabbed a pump
Anyways, I was about 5 miles from home so I just strong-armed it home. By the time I got home it was REALLY growling. The fluid was bad looking. Really bad, like mud.
I pulled the pump off & got a little worried about the fluid left in the rack. I used the vacuum pump to suck out what I could on the return hose-about 3oz. Is there a way to flush out the rest of the bad fluid? I dont want to be replacing the rack next! Could I rig something up on the inlet (pressure) side with new fluid & force the old stuff out by turning the wheel (engine off)? Im not going to be hurting the rack by turning the wheel with the pump off am I?
I cant seem to find how much fluid the rack & lines take but 3oz seems like not enough. Any thoughts are appreciated!
Done this before on a Cuda. You disconnect the return line from the pump. Start the car, & while a 2nd person keeps adding fluid, turn the wheel lock to lock to get all the fluid out. 1 quart flushed should do it. GARY
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