Re: Convert 245 to manual steering
"James Sweet" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> "jg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > "James Sweet" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > news:GNtue.2518$fw1.408@trnddc02...
> > >
> > > > What's it like to steer without the pump? Do you do anything to
> > any
> > > > resistance from the hydraulic system still attached? I was
> > > just
> > > > removing the belt from mine rather than fix the leak.
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > > It can be done, but a power rack without power is much stiffer than a
> > manual
> > > rack. Personally I like power and would just get a replacement rack,
> > you
> > > don't mind manual then look for a real manual rack.
> > >
> > Thanks for the reply, I like the power too but not keen on fixing the
> > leak. They are also downright dangerous with a motor which might stall,
> > with power brakes. I'd rather have an old (pre power steer/brakes/auto)
> > than a "modern" one when it gets old.
> How's it dangerous? I drove mine for a while when the belt came off before
> got a chance to fix it and while it was stiff in parking lots and such it
> was fine on the road. I had a truck for a while with manual everything and
> the brakes were just as stiff as a power braked car with a bad booster or
> stalled engine, had to put most of my weight on the pedal to stop,
> particularly with a load.
I guess it's mainly because you are expecting a certain resistance,
specially the brakes which are very light on this car. Usually the first
indication it has stalled is you can't steer or brake as effectively and
that, coupled with the surprise, is just the time you needed to stop or make
a turn. The volvo is not so bad but big fords for instance, really need more
strength than most people have to steer or brake when power fails.