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Old 05-24-2010, 12:52 PM
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steering wheel swings b&f violently it you touch it

Started my rod for the first time today. It purred like a kitten. Man, what a rush that is. Then I thought I'd try the steering. As soon as I moved it a little it jerked out of my hands and started rocking back and forth violently. I quickly shut it off and started looking for the problem. Check fluid, empty. I had just topped it up but as I said this is the first time I had fired it up so I figured the fluid was pumped into the steering system so I toped it up again. Started it up again. Tried steering, same thing, steering wheel swings back and forth violently. shut it off and checked fluid again. This time it hadn't gone down. So now what do I do?
It's a new Ramjet 350 with the GM front accessory kit. It has the older GM canister pump. I had got a pump pressure reduction kit and installed it. It's a Mustang 2, IFS. The fluid I first put in was ATF fluid and then toped up the second time with PS fluid. All ideas where to look appreciated

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Sounds like you have the presser line and return line reversed

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OK I'll reverse them. If I remember correctly there was no instructions on witch went where. Thanks.
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They would have to be in the hardest to access place on the car. So before I try and redo it, I have what I believe to be the pressure line ( its the biggest one with the heavy duty connector on the pump) going to the biggest hole ( the one that is closest to the splines shaft from the steering wheel). Is that backwards? I hope you can understand what I mean?
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If the lines are OK, be sure the belt tension is adaquate and that it is neither under or over filled.

Then bleed the system by jacking up the front wheels and go from lock to lock a dozen times (w/engine running) to purge the air from the system.

Don't hold the wheel against the internal stop, go slowly.

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They would have to be in the hardest to access place on the car. So before I try and redo it, I have what I believe to be the pressure line ( its the biggest one with the heavy duty connector on the pump) going to the biggest hole ( the one that is closest to the splines shaft from the steering wheel). Is that backwards? I hope you can understand what I mean?
Small line is presser big hole/line is return line they are easy to get reversed as they are not a lot different. I an a experienced man as my brother did mine and it did the same thing AND that was after I told him more then once.
Oh yes the presser line was to short as I was useing braided line don't stretch worth a flip.
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Thanks oldrod. I guess I know what I'm going to be doing this week.
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When that happens to an RX-7 rack, it's because the 2 lines that go from the valve section to the piston section are reversed...it's applying assist to the wrong side of the piston.
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