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    Unhappy power steering quagmire

    I recently replaced the power steering gearbox due to leaks on my 79 Volare 4 door sedan. I purchased a rebuilt unit from Orielly's (MasterPro). I'm now experiencing hard steering (acts like I don't have power steering). The power steering pump is only 2 years old and the steering was fine before replacing the steering gear. Any thoughts on what the problem could be? I'm considering getting another unit from Napa.

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    If I had to guess I would say that the gear you got wasn't correctly rebuilt so that the boost pressure is leaking internally through to the return side or that there was some debris in there that flushed through and messed up the pump. But I'm not an expert on power steering. I don't know how to test the output pressure of the pump. Seems like I remember hearing that it is something like 1500psi on the high side which would be really dangerous if it popped while you were in there with some test equipment. I suppose someone will come along soon who knows more on this side of things.

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    On the Orielly website where the steering gear is listed it says "Valve Body That May Need To Be Adjusted After Installed On The Vehicle". I believe that this adjustment has to do with self steering (steering wheel moving when engine is turned on or off).

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    Yes, the adjustment is to center the valve so the it doesn't self steer one way or the other.
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