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powersteering leak (Read 15705 times)
Jan 28th, 2012 at 9:25am

Theo the Venlonaar   Offline
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Today I worked on my vette for the first time. The right rail of the driverseat was broken, about 4 inches behind the front bolt, I welded it. I also found out that I only need this bracket thing to keep the doorlock on it's place. See pic red arrow:
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About the powersteering, her you can see where its leaking:
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Is there a repairkit for this?

Today we had sunny weather and my son thought it was necessary to clean the car Grin
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Reply #1 - Jan 28th, 2012 at 11:56am

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Theo
That horseshoe clip will retain the door lock cylinder. Take a look it maybe laying inside the door.
  The powersteering slave cylinder will leak in colder weather and especially if they are not used often. You can get a kit to replace the seal and rebuild it. Providing the piston is not rust pitted, and still has it's nice chrome finish. It is inportant not to nick the piston when removing the seal. If it is worn past the chrome you will have to replace whole cylinder. Good luck finding a good one if you do................jack
 

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Reply #2 - Jan 28th, 2012 at 4:24pm

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That is one of the reasons I replaced the whole thing with a Borgeson steering system. No more valve or cylinder leaks for me.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/565523/1973-chevrolet-corvette/page-14
 

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Reply #3 - Jan 29th, 2012 at 6:19am

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Hi brian,

where did you get this Borgeson steering system? What does it cost? On the dutch forum somebody wrote me he has a used powersteering shipped with many other parts from the States. I don't know when he gets it.
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 29th, 2012 at 7:21am

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Reply #5 - Jan 30th, 2012 at 6:14am
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I bought the rebuild kit for mine and it turned out great. I also rebuilt the control valve and it seems to all work better, Just be sure and read the instructions on balancing the system. Took me several tries before it would work right. Someone had put new hoses on mine so the ends were in good shape. I also used teflon tape and made sure everything was clean and dry when I re-assembled everything.

And thanks for the door lock drawing. I had problems with one not unlocking and is would have been nice to have this then.

Good Luck,
Charlie
 
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Reply #6 - Jan 30th, 2012 at 7:40am
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Theo the Venlonaar wrote on Jan 28th, 2012 at 9:25am:
my son thought it was necessary to clean the car

Theo, great to see your son taking a hand in keeping it clean.  Things learned early in life stay with kids forever. Wink

Good luck on fixing your PS leak.

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Reply #7 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 2:13pm

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I removed the slave cylinder for rebuild. Got a rebuildkit for 20 euro and gonna try the make it work again (non leaking) Roll Eyes
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Reply #8 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 2:41pm

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Just make sure you get the hose orientation right........jack
 

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Reply #9 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 5:48pm

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I was a victim of hooking up those 2 short hoses the wrong way.  It is definately an attention getter when you try to move the steering wheel in either direction.
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Reply #10 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 6:28am
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That's what mine looked like theo before I rebuild it. I too had my hoses reversed. Hope you labeled them. One crosses over the other and you would think it's upper to upper and lower to lower but it's not. Here's what mine looks like after the rebuild:

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Also, you can get some great step by step instructions at www.cssbinc.com
http://www.cssbinc.com/1963-82powersteeringcylinderrebuildkit.aspx
http://www.cssbinc.com/images/ads/howto/Instructions_Power_Steering_Cylinder_for...


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Reply #11 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 10:17am

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I left one hose to the cylinder, I can't go wrong with them no more.

About your link Charlie, I already found it today.
But I don't know what to do with some parts:
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Reply #12 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 10:53am
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Neither of those parts are internal Theo. The sleeve fits inside the 2 rubber bushings and the nut looking thing is just to be used as a lock nut in the event you don't have a hole for the cotter pin and castlenut. Mine didn't either so you tighten the big nut, then put the skinny one on behind it and snug it up to keep the other from backing out. Careful if you used an air nozzle to clean it out. That rod comes out pretty fast if you blow air thru one of the holes. let me know if you have any problems at all. I recently did mine and it's all somewhat fresh in my mind still. You can email me at charlie@corvettec3.com if you need to.

Charlie
 
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Reply #13 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 11:01am

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thnx Charlie, I was quick on this one, I'm ready with the rebuild. Yes, I used air and it went well. But now I know what the sleeve is for, thanks for the info.
I'll sent you an email, also check your spambox just in case, I've a weird emailadress Grin
 
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Reply #14 - Feb 16th, 2012 at 9:44am

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finished the slave cylinder, but the control valve also needs attention, so I ordered a rebuild kit for it to.

Wow,  the sparkplugs are hard to replace. Everything is in the way. Before I make my first ride, I'll be a pro fixing vettes Cheesy
 
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