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Old 08-08-2006, 05:14 PM
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Priming a gearbox?

Sience I took off my power steering gearbox for paint/repair it is now essentially dry.
Do I need to "prime" the system before I fire the car back up?
If so what are the steps?
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Old 08-08-2006, 05:28 PM
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i have never primed a gear box, just fill it up through the holes for the hoses. fill up the ps resivior and start it up and cycle the wheel a few times. it will probably be noisy and it might fight you for a few cycles of the wheel lock to lock. but then it should work.
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Depends on the box. Saginaw pumps will self-bleed, Ford boxes will, but it's best to fill the box as much as possible first so as not to burn the pump out by making it run too dry. If it's another make, I don't know.
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He said gearbox, not pump.

Fill the pump reservoir and stand there with an open bottle to add fluid as it fills the system. The reservoir is on the return side of the pump so the pump will not try to pump air if the reservoir is kept full. The pump pushes fluid through the box so no priming is needed.

STP or Lucas works great in a ps system.

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He said gearbox, not pump.
...and what gets the fluid to the gearbox? THE PUMP! THAT'S RIGHT! If you have a pump that isn't self bleeding, you can't just pour fluid in and let it do all the work.

Not trying to be a jerk, but I've seen plenty of burned up pumps because they weren't installed properly. It's all good!
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