I just got the jeep running and I finally was able to pull it out under its own power. What I am seeing is still quite a bit of effort to turn the 33X15X12.5 mud meats even though I converted to power steering.
Since I have never really driven a Jeep with these size tires, I guess I am wondering how much effort usually is required to turn the tires as a stand still as well as how do I know if the power steering is even working? I have the reservoir hooked up, fluid is in it and the belt is spinning it.
I too just completed a power steering conversion on mine, I have at the moment a set of 33x12.5x15 Super Swampers on it and I can turn the wheel with one hand easily, and thats with the hubs locked in and a lockright locker in the front.
When I first got it all hooked up, I could not hardly turn it, found the pump to be bad, replaced it and it works great now.
1974 CJ-5 (Rockcrawler)
2001 Grand Cherokee Laredo (Curbcrawler)
Should turn very easy lock to lock with your hand open palm against the steering wheel. If you have to grab and tug or pull its not working right.
By the way, one of the best mods I ever did. I still remember the guys on the trail heckling me everytime I was on an obstacle yelling out "Power steering's Cheap!" as I was muscling through the rocks with 31's. I have 35's now and they turn with no effort.
[SIZE="4"][COLOR="DarkGreen"][B]KNIGHT6 - '78 CJ5. [/B] [/COLOR] [/SIZE]
Ford 9" x2, Tru-Hi-9 High pinion, 5.14s, 2 detroits,
SOA, D44 'flat-knuckles' High Steer over springs,
Chevy 5.7L Vortec, Ford T-18 with granny-low 1st
37x14.00 Iroks, Warn 9K lb winch,
Metal Fusion tube fenders,full cage frame tie-in, +++
How did you tell that the pump was bad? Mine is tough to turn, but there is no indicatoin of seizing or anything. How can I test this to see if I have air in the lines or something? If there is air in the lines, would that cause issues of not working properly?
Did you bleed out the system or just dump fluid in it and go? Have you bothered to check the fluid level since the install?
Jack it up so the front tires are off the ground. Keep the cap off and add fluid til it's full with the engine running. Slowly turn the steering wheel from lock to lock while keeping the fluid level full. If you have foam, it's from air being pumped out. Repeat until no more foam is made, no more groaning noises are made, and the fluid level stays full.
Just did a power steering conversion and had the same problem. Seemed harder to turn with the conversion. Pulled the return hose and it was just barely slowly flowing out. Not the 1.25 GPM it is rater for. Replaced the pump and worked like a charm. Almost turns too easly now. However, the seal between the reservoir and the pump is leaking pretty bad now. Going to see if I can pull the pump and put it in the other reservoir with the broken pump.