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Power steering cap (Read 3232 times)
Jan 26th, 2010 at 12:42pm
Mr Clean   Ex Member

 
Does anyone else have a hard time getting their power steering cap off, mine sits directly below my alternator bracket and I can barely wiggle it out of that tight spot. Was this common on the Vette, I've had SBC before and never had a problem.
 
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Reply #1 - Jan 26th, 2010 at 1:05pm
oz dave   Ex Member

 
mine is the same
 
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Reply #2 - Jan 26th, 2010 at 1:26pm
class of 77   Ex Member

 
Same spot, It takes a little twisting to get the cap out from underneath.      Bob
 
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Reply #3 - Jan 26th, 2010 at 6:31pm
blue 77   Ex Member

 
Same here.  Just have to develop a technique.

Dale
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 26th, 2010 at 7:05pm

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This is a common problem.  Some people use a power steering pump with a remote reservoir.  I am going to machine a small amount out of the bracket to allow it to pivot slightly closer to the water pump which will give more room.  The march brackets I am using make the situation worse.

Smiley

 

1977 Burgundy Corvette.  In the middle of a restoration.
Currently, 3.36 gears, VBandP composite monoleafs, KYB shocks, built thm400 trans, 383 stroker engine, custom  headers, bumble bee paint scheme on the suspension.
Currently working on new body.
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Reply #5 - Jan 26th, 2010 at 8:23pm

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Quote:
Same spot, It takes a little twisting to get the cap out from underneath.      Bob

Same here! Kind of infuriating. Huh
 

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Reply #6 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 4:25am
Mr Clean   Ex Member

 
One thing I noticed is that the belt on the power steering is extremely short in relation to the slot in the adjusting bracket, I may try a little longer belt and utilize some of the adjustment to move the pump a little farther away from the Alt. bracket.
 
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Reply #7 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 4:41am

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I'll never understand why they put power steering on a sports car anyway. More weigh, more problems & less feel of the road??? I never had a muscle car or sports car with power steering & never will.
Alan Smiley
 
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Reply #8 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 5:23am
blue 77   Ex Member

 
Alan, I think it has to do with more people wanting the "creature comforts"  more than they truly want a "sports car". Shocked

Just look at all the extras added year after year after year.  Lots of things a sports car doesn't need, but they make the car more "comfy". Roll Eyes

Dale
 
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Reply #9 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 9:39am

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Alan,
   To an extent I agree, and with the Rack and Pinion setup, power steering is even less necessary, but I still like it when parking.  Now, If we could have variable assist like the european performance cars, that would be great.

Could you get right on that for me.     Grin

Cheers

Richard
 

1977 Burgundy Corvette.  In the middle of a restoration.
Currently, 3.36 gears, VBandP composite monoleafs, KYB shocks, built thm400 trans, 383 stroker engine, custom  headers, bumble bee paint scheme on the suspension.
Currently working on new body.
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Reply #10 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 10:03am

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Well I admit the vet is a bit difficult if you have to park sometimes , but I usually stay out of those situations. The Dodge or any other larger car is pretty easy to handle & I don't miss the power steering one bit. In fact it handles better without power steering. Guess I'm old school on this...I don't even mind manual breaks Cheesy
Alan Smiley
 
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Reply #11 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 10:04am

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In a parking lot or slow speed situation,power is quite nice. we had a non-power 68 Buick Skylark,& I have to say,my mother & sister didnt need to go to the gym for an upper arm workout.They were pretty buff.
 

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Reply #12 - Jan 27th, 2010 at 10:15am

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I had a 72 Dodge Polara (Blues Brother Police Car), with the huge steering wheel and little finger steering.  Even idleing and not moving, lock to lock was doable with your little finger.  No road feedback at all.

Smiley
 

1977 Burgundy Corvette.  In the middle of a restoration.
Currently, 3.36 gears, VBandP composite monoleafs, KYB shocks, built thm400 trans, 383 stroker engine, custom  headers, bumble bee paint scheme on the suspension.
Currently working on new body.
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