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Re: Electric power steering for my 8N

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01-17-2020 07:06:52

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I had my doubts EPS would pull anywhere close to its rated max of 60 amps unless something went way wrong.
Belt size does not matter as long as it is configured proper for the application and 100% efficient. Where issues arise is when wear sets in and the ability of the configuration to support the load of the driven part.
Let s go back to my Zane Thang the extra load it put on the belt lead to belt slippage overtime it worked well other than occasionally the battery would be so low it failed to crank the engine over fast enough to start I had to jump it off. This issue with this among 100 s of low battery issues I have dealt with over the years has taught me to first confirm the health of the belt and drive system The amp gauge read it was charging my voltmeter showed 13.2V my next step check the belt drive system even tho all seamed well it had enough slippage it was undercharging the battery (13.2V) A good habit I have accumulated is to first check the belt drive system on any condition that would affect components driven by the belt. I added a extra belt tensioner to it under the alt belt between the alt and crank pulley my issues were resolved and the voltage stayed constant over 14V : ).

My concern was the long term effect it would have on the charging system all you ducks have to be in a row for the belt drive to maintain battery health overtime it was something to keep an eye on if you suffer from a random low battery.
I have somewhat the same issue with my tow truck it uses an electric over hydraulic wheel lift no matter how many battery s I run on it and there size are how big the alternator is you better keep that dang belt banjo string tight are it will undercharge the battery because of the extra load the lift puts on them to recharge the batteries. This is the only issue I see with adding EPS its demand on the charging system with a belt drive system that was not designed for extra loads
I would check static battery voltage every now and again and confirm it was 12.6 before I started it, I would get in the habit of pushing on the alternator fan to keep up with belt tension and ware. All if this is to stay in front of a problem before it runs me over EPS is dependent on it WINK WINK

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01-17-2020 07:29:38

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 Re: Electric power steering for my 8N in reply to Hobo,NC, 01-17-2020 07:06:52  
I haven't touched and have not had belt tension issues with my EPS Corvette over the last year, but wouldn't checking things like that or oil level be considered routine maintenance? EPS draw is momentary not constant. I'm bewildered by this 'tensioner' requirement thing. How did a gagillion motor vehicles manage to start over the last century?

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