'95 Grand Am Power Steering Issue

Reply

  #1  
Old 09-14-06, 02:38 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1
Angry '95 Grand Am Power Steering Issue

Hello all!

I have a little bit of a dilemma here that is making me pretty angry. Here goes my story...

I have a '95 Pontiac Grand Am SE with a 2.3L engine. Part of the rack & pinion cracked about two months ago and I was getting air in my system, I didn’t have the time and/or resources (tools or money) at the time to fix it, so I bought this stop leak junk and dumped it in. Obviously it didn’t work, so I parked my car until I was able to fix it.

Now a month later, when I had time and everything I needed, I bought a re-manufactured A1 Cardone rack & pinion from a local parts store. I pulled the old one out and tried to put the new one in without ruining it (man was that a B$^#$)! After getting it in place and attaching all the lines n' such, I fired up the car and bled the system to the best of my knowlage/abitlity.

Everything seemed to work okay, I noticed that the steering was a little stiffer than the old rack but I didn’t think anything of it, all I knew was that it was MUCH easier to turn than if it didn’t have any fluid or if the car was off and so forth.

So anyway I quickly found out the rack didn’t center itself at all when turning left or right. I searched the internet and found a procedure on adjusting the tension on the racks bearing, which I did, but it still wouldn’t center itself.

So here I am two months later without a working rack!

Does any one know what else I can or should do?

- To my knowledge the pump is still good or when I run the car it wouldn’t turn very easily, maybe its starting to die, I don’t know!?
- Is it possible that I clogged my system up when I put that stop leak junk in there and there isn’t enough system pressure?
- Is the re-manufactured rack I bought defective? It doesn’t seem to be...
- When I put the new rack in place, one of the lines on the rack smashed in a LITTLE, could that be it?

I'm trying to find any feasible explanation!


For the love of God help me please!!! ...LOL, I really am desperate!
 

Last edited by ibanezsteve; 09-14-06 at 03:53 PM.
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 09-15-06, 02:56 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in the US
Posts: 66
smashed lines will cause problems in any pressurized system. If you're going to do your own repairs take the time to do it right. If you don't , you end up on a forum yelling help! Stop leak is for procrastinators who don't know any better. There is no mechanic in a bottle for repairs, only preventive maintenance. As for your RandP. Pull it out , repair your line , flush the system with clean fluid under pressure and reinstall. Don't forget to bleed your system properly. When you paint a house you don't apply primer without sanding and you don't paint without primer. Stop taking shortcuts and costing yourself time and money.Besides , what good is saying you did it yourself if you can't tell your buddies the proper way to do it in the first place?
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'