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Old 09-29-2003, 10:59 AM
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Default RE: 1960 power steering problems - still

At the risk of "jinxing" myself, I am now willing to say that my power steering system is entirely functional. I got the car back Friday and won 1st place at a show on Saturday . . and my fluid didn't leak out all over the place. The frame and engine compartment are dry, dry!

We installed a new ram cylinder on Thursday (it was the last piece of a completely rebuilt system) and it seemed to pretty much do the trick. However, we also did one other thing that completely cured the problem. Get this:

The reservoir had been modified at some point in its life to accept an incorrect after-market filter. There was a spacer in the bottom of it to receive a different sized filter. Well, when we installed a correct filter during the re-build, it stuck up over the top of the fluid level. This served to intruduce a lot of air into the system and aerate the fluid out with a lot of air pressure.

Once we removed the spacer, the filter was completely immersed in the fluid - problem solved. Unbelievable. We researched the reservoir design at the local library Thursday night before we discovered this little glitch. "Hey, that part isn't supposed to be in there"!

I wish I had tried that first and maybe I wouldn't have had to rebuild the entire thing, but at least now, I'll never have to do it again!

thanks to everyone for their input! I'm back in business and on the road!!

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Old 09-29-2003, 11:35 AM
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Glad that you found the problem. That one is certainly unusual.

Congratulations on the car show win.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:28 PM
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My 58 is doing exactly what was originally described in this string. After driving any distance, a relatively hard turn will leave a puddle and dripping will continue when parked. On very short trips... nothing. Car is otherwise working pretty well... except that it was trashed during enclosed transport from SoCal to Houston. Ugh. I've never put a wrench on this car myself... what is it that I need? Where can I get the proper filter. Thanks!
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Where is the puddle located. Is it under the power steering pump (driver's side front of engine), power steering control valve (driver's side rear of engine) or power steering cylinder (passenger side rear of engine). All three are known to leak and may need new seals. It's probably not the pump as that usually leaks all the time. I would guess it's the control valve or cylinder. As for the filter I don't think it's available although I've seen a few on Ebay.

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Old 05-04-2012, 11:54 AM
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John --

This is going so seem really lame, but it was the return hose. 1/2" gash where it was hard to see, but leaking all over the place. It's just bulk hose. About a 10 minute fix. No more fluid.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:11 PM
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Great news. It sounds like you got off easy.
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