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Old 10-26-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Power steering question

I have my current build on a run stand waiting to be test fired and broken in. I have all front dress and accessories mounted including the power steering pump. I know the P/S pump will build pressure so I thought about filling it with fluid and looping a hose from the pressure side to the return side of the pump just to circulate fluid and keep it from damaging the pump.

So with that being said, does anyone see an issue with this? Can I do this?

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Old 10-26-2019, 07:56 PM   #2
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Worst case you're out $75-100? Send it.
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Old 10-26-2019, 10:31 PM   #3
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Hmm, I guess you're right.

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Old 10-27-2019, 10:25 AM   #4
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It should work fine.
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:39 AM   #5
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what's the current build?
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If you are running the A/C compressor you could run a short belt and bypass the P/S.
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Old 10-28-2019, 04:59 PM   #7
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306. All forged internals. X cam, Edelbrock RPM heads, Air Gap intake, and 670cfm Holley. Nothing fancy.

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Old 10-28-2019, 05:00 PM   #8
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Not running the compressor.

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make sure you use ATF in the steering pump.
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WTF? I've never heard that before!

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Old 10-29-2019, 11:26 AM   #11
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WTF? I've never heard that before!

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that's per ford. They dont use power steering fluid. it's the reason you hear the old pumps that style making noise.
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Old 10-29-2019, 01:04 PM   #12
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Hmm

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that's per ford. They dont use power steering fluid. it's the reason you hear the old pumps that style making noise.
I've had quieter power steering pumps when running synthetic Mercon V in them. For my '92 F-150 I swapped to a Saginaw pump from a later model van. Dead quiet & the power steering feels like a Cadillac.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:27 PM   #14
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Ok, next question. Will I damage the alternator if I use it solely for the pulley?

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Old 11-04-2019, 06:30 PM   #15
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Also, can someone help me with what post is for what on this solenoid? This thing has always boggled me.

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Old 11-05-2019, 02:01 PM   #16
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S= Start (short from B+ to S to start)
I= Ignition (full battery voltage to coil for starting)
2 big terms for B+ and out to starter.
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S= Start (short from B+ to S to start)

I= Ignition (full battery voltage to coil for starting)

2 big terms for B+ and out to starter.
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