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Power steering vs. Mechanical F-150

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Old 02-16-2013, 09:52 PM
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First time to replace the Power Steering Pump in my 1992 F-150 4x4 5.0 engine, std. cab, long bed. Have to stand on a block to reach down-down-down into guts of motor compartment to get to this dirty unit. Yeh, I should have steam cleaned that area, Found out I need to purge the fluid for air bubbles and trash. Got a loaner kit from Auto Advantage, interesting, to do that job tomorrow.
Back to subject, seems like mechanical steering was a lot easier to work on, huh. I remember those olden days w/o po steering we didn't seem to mind it, but now we/I am spoiled with power, huh. Does anyone know....
Can a mechanical unit be installed in my type of vehicle????

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Old 02-17-2013, 05:13 PM
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All you would have to do, is pull the belt off of the power steering pump, and there you go. No power steering. I have done this to a few trucks where the pump goes out, and I'm either too lazy or too broke to fix it.
 
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:53 PM
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I doubt if Ford had the option of Non power steering. it pretty much standard on all trucks now

But you could probably find a auto wrecker that might have a vehicle in their yard with a standard steering box that you could adapt to your 92 truck.

Sound like more work then it worth
 
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by RustyFordLover View Post
All you would have to do, is pull the belt off of the power steering pump, and there you go. No power steering. I have done this to a few trucks where the pump goes out, and I'm either too lazy or too broke to fix it.
Not the same, I had to cut the belts off in the past as well.
The manual gear boxes have a higher reduction rate than the p/s boxes. On a full sized truck I'd never go back to manual steering by choice.
 
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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A manual steer truck from the factory will have different steering alignment geometry then a truck with power steering,
 
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:05 AM
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Thanks guys, I could not get the loaner kit to work with my 1992 PS pump, it is so low it almost sets on the frame cross member. I took the loaner kit back to Advanced Auto Parts for some tech help and the nice young man says "well this kit is mainly for bleeding BRAKE systems", DUH I said, "Well you gave me the wrong kind of kit"! So he gets out a repair manual and reads the instructions , "fill the reservoir, turn on engine, turn steering wheel full rt and lft 2 - 3 times to get air bubbles out, check res. add fluid if needed." Note nothing about bleeding the PS pump I should have read my manual to start with.
 
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:23 AM
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Steering started to freeze up when I turned wheel to the right but easy turning left while vehicle not moving but would ease up when moving, but after a week it got so bad I had to park it. After installing the pump etc...I turned the steering wheel back and forth about 2 times was OK then a loud bam noise and back to froze up. Now supposedly the gear box needs replacing, now I will read my manual. Also wondering if a ball joint has froze up for lack of lube?
So now I have a new pump made in CHINA- I HATE IT!!!!

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Old 02-19-2013, 08:12 AM
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I can tell ya... a dry, un-lubricated ball joint won't lock up. It will just squeak.
 
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by In2Trux View Post
I can tell ya... a dry, un-lubricated ball joint won't lock up. It will just squeak.
Yes they will.
We had a brand new Tahoe in the shop for no power steering assist.
It was the the ball joints causing the issue.

Same with u-joints.
A front axle shaft u-joint can seize up causing steering issues.
Had a seizing joint on a Dana 60 cause intermittent death wobble.
 
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:01 AM
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I can honestly say I have NEVER heard of a ball joint seizing up.
I could see a U joint or CV joint seizing up intermittently until it grenades.

BUT this is why I'm still hear and enjoy this forum. You learn something every day.
I'd love to learn more about a Ball Joint seizing
AS LONG AS DAVID DOESN'T MIND LEARNING MORE.
I don't want to HIGH JACK his thread
 

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