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 Post subject: Power Steering Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:30 pm 
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Ok so I am a rookie, I still have power steering. I took the AC condenser and fan assembly out this weekend and i want to take out the compressor. I was reading another thread that stated that the AC compressor and power steering share a common belt. I am aware that I can get a belt that would fit the power steering only, but that seems like a hassle.
My question is this, for those of you that have taken off the power steering. How bad is it? A friend had a small Saturn car with no power steering and that was a hassle to drive. The real problem was not highway driving, but parallel parking.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:37 pm 
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You'd have to get a manual rack and pinion from the boneyard, for it to work well for you.


I think the manual is better anyway. my other 2 metro's has power steering


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:27 am 
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97metroheaven wrote:
My question is this, for those of you that have taken off the power steering. How bad is it? A friend had a small Saturn car with no power steering and that was a hassle to drive. The real problem was not highway driving, but parallel parking.

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It's called manning up, and growing some arm muscles. ;)

I've had to drive more than a few trucks that lacked power steering. The most recent is a 3ton, that's been upgraded to take 7tons, and is a dump truck now.

Our swifts are easy like pie to handle in comparison. I can parallel park my car without much fuss.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:09 pm 
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What are you saying about the rack and pinion Jimmy? Are you saying i need this to operate or it to be easy to steer?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:01 pm 
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I "believe" you need to swap it out with a manual rack and pinion.


It will be nice and easy to steer also. Easier than my metro with power steering and with better feel.


I don't believe that you can just unhook the power steering and run it without. ( without it being hard to drive)

It was that way with my Mustang, anyway.



Jimmy


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:03 pm 
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I bypassed my PS to ice race two years ago. Never hooked it back up. Just run a short belt to the AC.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:01 pm 
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in my race car (1991 Mazda "spec" Miata) we "depower" the rack by remove lines, power steering pump, and then dropping a little fluid in the rack and capping it off with a bolt.

It becomes a bit more difficult to drive at low speeds, especially with a smaller racing steering wheel. Any reason this wont work in the metro? I understand its a bit more wear on the steering column...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:57 pm 
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I removed my Steering pump, and increased the tire pressure to 40 psi.
The increased tire pressure increased my MPG, and negated the lack of power steering.
With these two modifications, no difference in steering between with or without.


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