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PS RACK LEAK

Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by JamesGarfield, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. jcwagon

    jcwagon New Member

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    Hey Joey,


    The bushings are the same as the power rack, I just ordered some polyurethane, Thanks to Novanutcase for suppliers info.

    If you get the tie rod length the same as the rack you pulled out you should be very close on the toe in. Measure from the inner ball joint to the center of the tie rod end.

    There’s not much aligning to do. Caster and camber are fixed.

    Wow, just looked up the toe, 3/64” - to 13/64” +. If you use a tape measure you should be able to hit 1/8”. Centering the steering wheel is harder, a lot of trips up and down the driveway.


    For the belts I pulled the power steering pump, left the idler in place and got a smaller belt, I did the three belt swap at the autoparts store, settling on a Gates K060523. I have AC so there might be a different configuration with out AC.


    Good luck, that thing (P/S) was a bitch to get out.

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  2. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    If I was dedicating the wagon to the track then a PS rack fail would have me installing a manual rack but I'm a pussy and I like power assisted steering! LOL!

    I know on V8's there's a slight power boost by eliminating the PS due to lessening the parasitic power loss the PS system puts on the engine but how much gain would you get from doing that to a 4 banger?

    John
  3. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I think the power gain from deleting the power steering on a four cylinder engine would be proportionally larger than on a V8 car.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Any difference in mileage or performance?
    Exactly what did you have to fabricate?
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    I wonder though. Most V8 equipped cars don't weigh only 2500 lbs so the extra weight would seem to put more of a strain on the V8. Granted, the V8 will have more power to be able to offset the extra weight but I wonder if the strain is comparable.

    John
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    Yeah, I see what you mean that the larger car's pump has to work harder.
    But most of the time the car is driving more or less straight ahead so the pump is only dragging a bit.
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    jcwagon New Member

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    On performance, I did the valves and rings at the same time and that made a huge difference, don't know how much the ps delete helped.
    The only thing that didn’t fit was the grommet where the shaft enters the body so I made my own.

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