Power steering question

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  1. mghikas

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    hey guys,
    Hope it’s not a silly question, but got a supposed recoed ps pump from the states (I’m in oz), it’s all lined up but on the odd occasion will still whine.
    Question I have, is if I just remove the belt and drive the car, will I cause any damage to anything or will I just be back to manual steering?
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    It will be like driving a car with 2 flat tires does it whine at full lock ?
     
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      No not at full lock, just on odd occasions, fluid level is fine etc
       
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      As long as it doesn't have metal in fluid I would leave it alone
       
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        A silly question:
        Did you bleed out the air form the system?
        Is it possible that you are under belt tension? Or possibly over tension and stressing water pump/alternator bearings?

        I'm always amazed at how difficult it is to determine from where a "noise" is originating
         
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          System has been bled, I’ll have a play with the tension of the belt and see how we go
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          Do it at your own risk, but years ago I added a teaspoon of STP to a pump that began to whine and it quit making noise. A couple years later noise recurred , again stopped with additional STP. Sold vehicle with origional pump still working but second engine , only about 225,000 miles.
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          STP? You’re talking about the motor oil yeah? Or is STP something else you’re referring too?
           
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          STP the motor oil additive.
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          • Michael Brisebois

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            I can't see how STP could hurt anything. For that matter, Marvel Mystery Oil could do it as well. Check to be sure there isn't another cause first....like: could someone have spilled power steering fluid on the "V" belt?? Worth a look
             
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            • AJ/FormS

              AJ/FormS 367 FormS clone 3.09-1.92-1.40-1.09-.78od 3.55s

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              You will not damage anything. It will be manual steering on steroids. Maybe not quite like two flat tires ALL the time, but low-speed maneuvering will certainly give your arms a workout. I run all my belts as loose as possible until they slip, then a little tighter. In this way they last for many,many years, and the bearings do too.
              I have found the Federal pump a little more whiney than the Saginaw. The Saginaw pump has an oval neck, compared to the circular-neck federal.

              But the PS box will pump most of the fluid out of itself if you close-loop the inlet to the outlet, when you cycle it to alternate full-locks. Enough will remain inside to lube the guts, but it will be messy.
               
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                Thanks AJ, can I ask what sort of PS fluid you use, I’m running a federal pump
                 
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                I use plain old Dextron II
                I wanted to use the Federal cuz of it's IMO superior design. But it just couldn't keep up, and nothing is worse than being in a skill-testing situation and then suddenly loosing boost. I took it apart,rebuilt it, and replaced the PR valve but it still couldn't keep up.
                I swapped on a /6 Saginaw with proper V8 brackets and was home free.