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Username Post: standard power steering question        (Topic#255674)
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01-10-11 06:09 AM - Post#2029721    

hey all
helping out a friend down here in Perth.
he has a 58 bel air with standard power steering. had it all rebuilt. before the rebuild, it would work well turning right but not as good turning left. now that it is all built and back in, it has got worse. turning right is good but turning left is like manual steer.
any suggestions?
something to adjust?
let me know and i will see if i can help him out.

58 Bel Air Sport Sedan 58 Biscayne Hearse

Edited by bowtieollie on 01-11-11 07:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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01-10-11 09:17 AM - Post#2029800    
    In response to chev58ss

Craig, the PS valve (the component on the end of the center link) is what directs the fluid, so the valve may have been assembled wrong or is not adjusted.

The OEM 1958 and 1959 valves ARE NOT adjustable ...... BUT the replacement valves are. If your buddy installed a new replacement (or a rebuilt valve) then chances are it is adjustable.

To adjust the valve:

Disconnect the cylinder shaft from the frame mounting bracket. Position the cylinder so that the shaft will not be obstructed even at full extension. Position the cylinder shaft about halfway out of the cylinder.

Pry off the end cap on the valve, under it is a 7/16" adjusting nut. You will turn this nut to center the valve.

Have a helper start the car while you observe the cylinder shaft.

IF THE SHAFT MOVES OUTWARD: Turn the adjusting nut counter-clockwise until the rod begins to retract. Now turn the nut clockwise while counting the number of turns necessary to make the rod move outward again. Divide the number in half and turn the adjusting nut counterclockwise by this amount.

IF THE SHAFT MOVES INWARD: Turn the adjusting nut clockwise until the rod begins to move outward. Now turn the nut counterclockwise while counting the number of turns necessary to make the rod retract again. Divide this number in half and turn the adjusting nut clockwise by this amount.

Have your helper turn the steering wheel back and forth and observe the shaft movement, it should move equally in each direction. Reattach end of cylinder shaft onto the frame bracket.


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01-11-11 03:48 AM - Post#2030211    
    In response to Jalapeno

thank you very much for that
old wally will be very greatfully for the information

58 Bel Air Sport Sedan 58 Biscayne Hearse

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01-11-11 07:11 AM - Post#2030274    
    In response to Jalapeno

Yoooooooo Jaly,

Happy New Year!!

This question seems to pop up from time to time.
I am thankful that you can "steer" the member in the right direction.

I made the topic sticky - so it will be easy to retreive.

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01-11-11 09:18 AM - Post#2030312    
    In response to bowtieollie

Jalapeno is the PS man for real!

Waiting for what Jalapeno has to bring in 2011

Pierre "SmooveP" Suranto
UnifieD, SA-TX; in DENVER
59 Impala 2dr hardtop 348
58 Impala Convertible 348


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