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Old 05-04-2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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My uncle is working on a 55 Nomad. He installed a 500 PS kit. The pump he has gotten was for a blazer. He cranked and broke in his engine earlier this week. Steering wheel will not turn left or right. Fluid is full. Al the equipment is new. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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My uncle is working on a 55 Nomad. He installed a 500 PS kit. The pump he has gotten was for a blazer. He cranked and broke in his engine earlier this week. Steering wheel will not turn left or right. Fluid is full. Al the equipment is new. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Will the wheel turn with the engine off and tires off the ground?
Are the pressure and return lines reversed. The pressure port is the larger one on the box.
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Possible air in the system....There are specific P/S break in procedures...

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I would use only GM approved power steering fluid in any p/s conversion such as a CPP or Borgeson box or a rack. Stock p/s works ok with Dexron ATF.

You should start the bleeding procedure by jacking the front end off the ground, filling the p/s reservoir, and turning the steering wheel through its whole travel 3 or 4 times - with the engine not running. Top off the fluid as you go, and don't let the reservoir go completely dry. Only then should you start the engine and repeat the process, again making sure that there is always fluid in the reservoir. Doing it first with the engine off does two things. It gets the fluid everywhere before you start the engine. If you don't do that it's very easy to have the reservoir run dry and suck air when you start the engine. And it won't take as long to get the job done.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will talk with him and report back. Thanks again.
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I agree, I think the pressure and return lines are reversed.

The clamp-on hose on the pump goes to the small connection on the gear.
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