1991 Camry Power Steering

Reply

  #1  
Old 02-19-02, 01:21 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,915
1991 Camry Power Steering

I have a small problem with my father's Camry. The power steering acts like it "sticks", mostly when cold. Basically, if the car is stopped, and you try to turn the steering wheel if feels like something is blocking the wheels from turning. At the same time, but not always, the PS belt is squeeking. I know that either the steering rack or the PS pump is bad. The question I have is which one is more likely to cause the problem.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-19-02, 01:32 PM
Joe_F
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
The rack. Tell tale sign of "Morning sickness".
 
  #3  
Old 02-19-02, 01:58 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,915
That's lovely.... it doesn't look like an easy task. What will happen if I just leave it "as is"? Will the steering system just fall apart? Or will it just be difficult to turn?
 
  #4  
Old 02-19-02, 02:29 PM
mooser1
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
do your dad a favor and fix the rack...if it finally locks up completely when he's going down the boulevard you might get your inheritance a little early.....

is it worth it?

just my opinion...
 
  #5  
Old 02-19-02, 02:44 PM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,477
As I recall that's a 3.0 hr job on a lift, I did one a while back. Hardest part was snaking it out the side after getting everything disconnected and out of the way.
 
  #6  
Old 02-19-02, 04:46 PM
Joe_F
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
This is where good old GM comes into play.

My coworker wiped out the box on his 88 Caprice.

One call and a couple hours later he installed a new box. Under 150 bucks for a new one. Done .

Nothing like good old recirculating ball type steering. Far superior to rack and pinion in every way in my belief .

I agree with these guys. Change the rack.
 
  #7  
Old 02-19-02, 08:22 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,915
I've found the rack at http://www.oem-car-parts.com/ for $230. Not so bad, other then the fact that my father will not agree to fix it until it breaks down. He's one of those guys that strongly believes that if it's not fully broken down, it's still good. It will be tough to convince him... but I'll try.
 
  #8  
Old 02-20-02, 03:51 AM
Joe_F
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Then warn him he's driving an unsafe car that can lock up at any time.

Not to mention when you need the parts and such it will happen at an inconvenient time.

One situation like that and they learn, and listen to you, trust me on that one
 
  #9  
Old 02-20-02, 05:17 AM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,477
Well, crack open one of the fittings so it "leaks" and needs replacing. LOL
 
  #10  
Old 02-20-02, 10:23 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,915
That's not nice..... can't do that to my father.
On another note, would it be possible to replace the rack without a lift? Don't have that in my garage yet.....
 
  #11  
Old 02-20-02, 10:26 AM
Joe_F
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Sure.

Jack it up nice and high and properly support it to give you some room.
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
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 On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:42 PM.