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1965 Power Steering Issues


I have a 65 Lincoln and replaced the power steering pump because when I bought it the old one was leaking. Even with the good pump, the power steering turns to the right by itself, even with the wheels on the ground. No leaks anywhere, Ford type F ATF in the system and I bleed the system as documented using the windshield wipers. Any ideas why this would happen? I am assuming it may be a seal leak in the power steering gear?

Thanks in advance,



Greetings Greg -

Whether or not your steering system rotated the wheels without you turning the steering wheel before or only after the pump replacement the issue certainly sounds like a problem in the steering gear. The pump supplies hydraulic pressure to the gear for both left and right hand turns. Without you directing the gear for a turn with the steering wheel, no turning action should occur. Something must be amiss or plugged inside the steering box as you suspect. The system should be further diagnosed by a competent local steering technician in order to pinpoint the problem. It would be helpful for you to know the history of any previous repairs to these components by the former owner. We do have repair kits and a rebuild service available for these boxes.