Bumboclot Reader
Dec. 11, 2012 2:47 p.m.

I'm replacing the steering rack in my ranger. I would like to delete my power steering while I'm at it. I am going to employ the easy method of depowering by connecting the input to the output. Do i need to install the check valve from my old rack as the replacement rack's instructions state?

Dec. 11, 2012 2:57 p.m.

Don't connect them - drain most of the fluid out of the rack but leave a little to lube it, then vent the in/out lines so dirt won't get in and fluid won't get out (so basically run them into a T and connect the T to a cheapie Fram valve cover vent mounted a little higher than the rack. Otherwise you are fighting the fluid to turn it - making it that much worse than a already bad way to get manual steering.

Bumboclot Reader
Dec. 11, 2012 3:06 p.m.

In reply to Giant Purple Snorklewacker:

Sweet.  Thanks.  That is an awesome idea.  Good job.

z31maniac
z31maniac PowerDork
Dec. 11, 2012 3:09 p.m.

I'd go for something like this:

http://www.flyinmiata.com/tech/depower.php

That's what I did on Miata track rat.

Bumboclot Reader
Dec. 11, 2012 3:32 p.m.

That is, of course, my inspiration for depowering the rack in my 4WD pickup in the first place.

Raze SuperDork
Dec. 11, 2012 3:36 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote: Don't connect them - drain most of the fluid out of the rack but leave a little to lube it, then vent the in/out lines so dirt won't get in and fluid won't get out (so basically run them into a T and connect the T to a cheapie Fram valve cover vent mounted a little higher than the rack. Otherwise you are fighting the fluid to turn it - making it that much worse than a already bad way to get manual steering.

This is what we did on the merkur, but we didn't put a filter on, just bent the tubes (metal ends on the flex tubes) so they faced down and rearward to prevent intrusion of anything like water, sand, etc.

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