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    When the Blue Flame was on the lift getting the rear gear upgrade, I had the chance to examine the underside. Everything seemed good with the exception of what appeared to be a leak of some sort at the front of the front k-member. A closer look and it was apparent it was Mercon V fluid from the power steering.

    What's the odds of it being a hose? I wiped everything down but it was nearly impossible to locate the source. It appeared to be in the area of the power steering pump.

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    The steering rack was replaced last year and I have a spare pump. But I also have been considering deleting the power steering and installing a manual rack.

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    So... A good time to try that electric steering thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvnmarks View Post
    So... A good time to try that electric steering thing?
    You need to be careful for when the EPS goes, some teen just drove his parents Flex into a lake yesterday http://www.freep.com/story/news/loca...lake/98443536/

    Lack of driving experience and understanding that you have to muscle the wheel when the power assist goes out did not help him. People will say that the EPS is bad not recalling that power steering pumps fail as do the belts that drive them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvnmarks View Post
    So... A good time to try that electric steering thing?
    Ohh.. I had forgotten that thread! I'm going to have to look into that.

    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post

    Lack of driving experience and understanding that you have to muscle the wheel when the power assist goes out did not help him. People will say that the EPS is bad not recalling that power steering pumps fail as do the belts that drive them.
    I've had the serpentine belt let loose on the highway before. I was more worried about how far I could go on the battery than I was about the steering. Luckily I had the electric water pump and the destination hotel was just a few miles away.

    As for now, all I need is to make the turn at the end of the track.

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    most likely a hose or fitting. Good luck getting a wrench on those!
    Does your car still have the variable assist steering sensor in place? My 94's leaked and I had to replace it which I did when I did the oil filter housing gasket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackIceLSC View Post
    most likely a hose or fitting. Good luck getting a wrench on those!
    Does your car still have the variable assist steering sensor in place? My 94's leaked and I had to replace it which I did when I did the oil filter housing gasket.
    OMG... what a PITA. I finally got some time to look at this yesterday.

    It took about an hour with some rags and brake cleaner to wipe everything down before I could even try to find the leak. The pressure line from the pump seemed "loose" and I managed to get a crow's foot wrench on the nut and was able to loosen it and retighten but not actually remove it. Apparently the line "floats" in the fitting? It doesn't appear to tighten up to where the line is rigid.

    I had a bottle of Lucas Oil Power Steering Stop Leak so I topped off the near empty reservoir. I started the car and raised it on the lift hoping the leak would manifest itself. Apparently, the magic worked because I could not find any leak. I lowered the car and turned the wheel back and forth several times and still could not find any leak. I'm not really 100% confident it is fixed though.

    Today I will find out if it still leaks or not. Of course no local parts stores stock the pressure line. I do have the spare NIB steering pump but I don't have the tools to remove or replace the pulley. I think for a track car it would make more sense to buy the manual rack than the new line and tools to swap the pump?

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    I found the leak.

    I've begun the teardown. I'm going to have to pull the steering rack to R&R the fitting to fix the leak so I'm thinking I may just go with a manual rack.

    This will give me the excuse to buy one of those DIY front end alignment tools to check the toe when I'm done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lvnmarks View Post
    So... A good time to try that electric steering thing?
    Electric is the way to go for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by driller View Post
    This will give me the excuse to buy one of those DIY front end alignment tools to check the toe when I'm done.
    This is the tool I use, with toe option. Simple analog spirit level for camber and caster, you use tape measures for toe setting:

    http://www.jegs.com/i/Specialty-Prod...U03RoCG1nw_wcB

    This one is newer, digital, and the tape measures lock in real nice.

    https://www.quicktrickalignment.com/shop/

    A laser system would be nice though, no tape measures.

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    I've got an eye on that system from QuickTrick.

    Day by day, a little at a time... I'm slowly making progress.

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