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« on: August 28, 2009, 12:24:25 PM »

Hope you can help. I have read about this problem but there seems as if there is no definitive answer. When I go for a cruise in the afternoon and get back home I notice that my power steering fluid boils over and spills out. It does not happen all of the time but only when it gets hot. I have read in order to fix this problem that I need to get air out of the system and to raise the front end, start the motor, fill the power steering resevoir while turning the wheels left and right. I have all new belts and they are not slipping. However, the replacement belts that I bought are about 1/2" - 3/4" smaller than my original belt. Could this be the cause of the fluid getting too hot? Thanks for any help and suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 05:13:33 PM »

Are you able to measure the temp of the fluid when it's at operating temp?
~170F is supposed to be about right.
Also, is the oil pimk & foaming?
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2009, 06:21:06 PM »

I will check for pink and foamy next time it happens, the temp will be hard to do because a lot pours out so there is none to test. I have checked all my hoses and fittings and they are good- no leaks. Thanks for the operating temp of the fluid. I know it expands under heat so that temp helps. What do you think about belt size? Could a little bigger belt help?   
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 08:10:09 PM »

A longer belt will not change the rpm of the pump. Only pulley diameters will.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 09:58:11 PM »

Be sure you are checking the fluid level after it is hot. It shouldn't be topped off when cold otherwise it will over flow everytime to refill it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 02:25:56 PM »

It's completely a stock original set up so the pulleys are O.K.   I have checked the fluid level in both the cold and hot modes and the levels are correct. Any other ideas or suggestions?
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 03:01:03 PM »

I know some one asked already but see if it is foaming right after driving it.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009, 10:12:08 PM »

I went to a show today. About a 20 minute drive from my house plus time waiting in line. I checked the level cold before I started out and the level was right on line. When I lined up for the show nothing overflowed. I was thankful yet observant that it just was not that hot, it was down at the beach. I'll keep watching for the foam look. Out of 260 cars I took home a top 15 and top 5 in stock class. This was my 1st judged show. Thanks for your help in past post.
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