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Jack - Iowa    Posted 09-11-2019 at 07:49:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 1989 Lincoln Steering Pump
  • I have replace the Steering Pump on my '89 Lincoln two times! First one had a whine after I got done. Second one has more of a growl!

    I even purchased a vacuum pump to evacuate the system. Pumped the second installation for 3 hours continuous with no results.

    Tech Support now says to drive it!

    Looking for any ideas. I think my options are to either do another replacement from a different vendor or get an "experienced" one and put new seals in it before I install it.



    Bruce(OR)    Posted 09-12-2019 at 00:23:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1989 Lincoln Steering Pump
  • Welcome to Ford. Ford does not use Saginaw pumps. Uh, oops?
    You can also cause power steering problems by turning the wheel without the engine running. Hopefully you also flushed the system with each install to remove the grit.
    You can also install an in line filter that might help filter out the gunk.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 09-12-2019 at 07:24:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 1989 Lincoln Steering Pump
  • Thanks Bruce,

    Bought my first Ford 74 years ago. A 1923 T. Steering on it was all power! Arm power, that is.

    Fords have carried me well over a million miles. May be over 2.

    I did not flush on the first installation but did a good one before the second. However the first one was quieter than the second. Followed the procedure in the Ford Shop Manual religiously.

    I'm more inclined to blame the re-builder.

    Sounds like you are thinking it's still gunk in the system?


    Bruce(OR)    Posted 09-13-2019 at 08:08:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 1989 Lincoln Steering Pump
  • It is a possibility. It is also more likely, as you said, the rebuilder. Me? I would cuss it and drive it for a few thousand miles. Either it will get quieter or you will go deaf.
    I did one on my truck and I believe it finally got quieter. American rebuild? No. Your probably not going to find a shop paying someone wages to rebuild a pump they sell for pennies. The only question being who rebuilt it and what were thy doing last week? Making shoes? And the rebuild parts came from where? Are you detecting a downhill trend yet?
    I am.
    My pump, while it got quieter, now I believe, locks up intermittently at hiway speed. Such fun.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 09-13-2019 at 08:49:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Of course it is not an "American" re-builder unless we use American to mean anyone in the western hemisphere which technically is correct.

    One interesting indication of their concern for quality -- There is a Teflon washer used in the high pressure line connection. The ones included in these installation kits are over sized! Of no use what so ever! Not only that, due to it's age, Ford no longer has the part available. It just so happens I can buy Teflon tubing, 9/16 OD, 7/16 ID which should work perfectly IF I can figure out how to slice a washer .050 thick off of it.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 09-15-2019 at 01:23:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The teflon washer should still be available. Then you need hot water and a cone shaped tool to work the seal into position. As it cools it shrinks to size.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 09-15-2019 at 08:25:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 1989 Lincoln Steering Pump
  • Thank you Bruce! You have likely solved my problem.

    Each of the "new" pumps came with a Teflon washer. So I have two.

    However they measure .620 OD and .502 ID.

    It appears the bore is .562 and the OD of the pipe is .433

    Did you possible mean expand in your last line?

    I will play with the first washer I received as I have already mis-treated it.


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