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Power Steering - 3 cyl ford 2000

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05-17-2018 08:40:48

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I had a leak from the top of the steering column after I rebuilt the power steering pump. I had rebuilt the pump incorrectly and was pushing on the steering real hard to see if I could purge the air in the lines. Figured out my mistake and got the pump working properly, but soon noticed that I messed up the seal. The seal leaked bad for a while but now has stopped. Bought a new seal anyway, and trying to decide if I need to tackle this issue or if it healed itself, PTL.

The problem I am having is that the pump wants to spit fluid from the top vent on the reservoir. If I top it off, it will spit it out when hot and the fluid looks cloudy. Is it possible that the formerly leaking seal could somehow be causing this?
Pump was rebuilt with a YT kit and a new filter.

Steering works fine otherwise...

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05-18-2018 04:02:41

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 Re: Power Steering - 3 cyl ford 2000 in reply to Hogleg, 05-17-2018 08:40:48  
Yes I have the integral pump/res. And yes, I replaced the filter when I rebuilt the pump.
I have the upper seal on order, should be here in a day or so. I will go find the lower one and have it sent out as well.
After I pull the wheel, where do I start on pulling the tin?

thanks for the help,


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Ultradog MN

05-19-2018 06:24:45

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 Re: Power Steering - 3 cyl ford 2000 in reply to Hogleg, 05-18-2018 04:02:41  
Disconnect battery.
Remove center hood and muffler if vertical.
Remove throttle handle.
Remove choke cable at carb or kill cable at pump if diesel.
Remove 2 bolts each side under rear of cowel.
Remove bolts around front of cowel.
Disconnect front and rear halves of wiring harness. Disconnect wires to any rear lights and wires to neutral safety switch.
Disconnect tach cable at generator.
Then grab both sides of front of cowel and spread them and lift off the firewall.
Kinda tough there. Then pull the cowel.
Diesel is easier than a gasser.
I might have forgotten something but that's the gist of it.
Personally I would replace both the upper and lower seals in the column. Yes, you have to pull the 6 hyd lines to the power block but you would cuss yourself if you replaced just the upper seal and then the lower one started leaking.

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Ultradog MN

05-18-2018 03:18:05

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 Re: Power Steering - 3 cyl ford 2000 in reply to Hogleg, 05-17-2018 08:40:48  
I'm assuming you have the new style integral pump/reservoir? The oil does get air in it and will look cloudy when it's running. Mine has for a dozen years anyway. If it is pushing oil out of the the vent my first guess would be a plugged filter. Did you replace it when you resealed the pump? If not I would do that.
As to the leak below the steering wheel, yes it is that upper seal. It might hold for a while but it's not a matter of IF it will leak but When. I wouldn't mess with it till it does leak but when it does I would bite the bullet and replace both the upper and lower seals in the column. It's not a hard job. Worst part is pulling the steering wheel and tin.
We could talk you through it if you do it.

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05-17-2018 08:57:49

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 Re: Power Steering - 3 cyl ford 2000 in reply to Hogleg, 05-17-2018 08:40:48  
The PS pump on my 4000 is filled not running. If you fill it running, or overfill it, it will spit out.

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