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Old 10-08-2011, 04:54 AM   #1
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Power steering pump failed after steer safe installation.

I recently installed the steer safe on my 1994 Land Yacht P30 chassis and was very pleased with the improvement in handling. Then, on the test drive, the power steering pump began to growl. It got worse until it growled all the time so I replaced the pump (rebuilt) and the hydro boost (new). I followed the directions for removing air from the system after installing a new pump but it always acted like it had air in it - growling every few seconds - especially under load. I took it for another test drive and it failed completely - no power steering or brakes.

Does anyone have any experience with this?

I have a 3000 mile trip planned this Friday so I'm really looking for a solution.

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Old 10-08-2011, 06:58 AM   #2
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Did you flush the system after installing the parts? If you don't, you will keep replacing pumps ad nauseum.

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Old 10-09-2011, 04:49 AM   #3
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I flushed the hoses and I followed all of the manufacturers other start-up recommendations as well such as jack up the front end, add fluid, turn wheels 100% both directions several times and add more fluid, then drop the front end and do it again.

I installed the second pump (from NAPA) yesterday and didn't even have to crank the RV to see the pump was no good. It leaked immediately. So now I'm trying to get an original Delco rebuild from another parts house.

I can't get a new pump and now I'm concerned that I might not be able to get a good rebuilt pump?

Does anyone have any experience with anything like this?
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Is it possible the problem is on the other side? The steering gear box? Possibly a sticking servo, or bipass valve. High pressure caused by the steering box can cause the pump relief valve to "growl". Just a thought and I'm not all that familiar with that specific system.

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Old 10-09-2011, 07:56 PM   #5
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It's possible that the problem is on the other side. I've been reading a lot about the Auto Park Brake or Auto brake - does anyone know what that is or if I even have one on a 1994 P30 chassis?

What I read about the auto park brake problems seemed to be the very same symptoms that I have but I don't know anything about it.
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