Now that I look back on this, I see that you did well. However I was referring to the valve body on the actual steering rack. That is what should be gutted according to the Integra write up. Not that what you did was bad, because that clearly shows a benefit.Got the PS pump gutted and back together. Just need a couple bolts and some gasket maker to seal off the openings. I weighed the gutted pump assembly and it was 4 pounds and all the stuff from inside the pump was 2 pounds, so almost cut its weight in half. Here's a few pics of it gutted, the shit I took out and it back on my old block.
What was removed.
The look inside all gutted.
And on the block from the top, shows what I need to seal still yet.
And the back view.
Now I don't have to worry, the stock belt can remain on.
I didn't gut the rack persay, I did completely remove the hard lines and drained the fluid to release the pressure and capped the ends. It drives smooth and the wheel spins fine, though not so great when stopped.Now that I look back on this, I see that you did well. However I was referring to the valve body on the actual steering rack. That is what should be gutted according to the Integra write up. Not that what you did was bad, because that clearly shows a benefit.
Here's a link to the fsm http://www.nicoclub.com/FSM/Sentra/2003_Sentra/ps.pdf. Look at ps-16 to ps-18. The section where the hard lines meet would be considered the valve body I guess. The steering column ends there as well it appears. On the Integra there was a cover there. Once removed, you could pull out the internals much like you did with the power steering pump. I will check mine out to see what the deal is because I'm now considering this too.
I beat the hell out of the car and never heard it slip except for 1/4 of a second when you first start it. It wouldn't be fair for me to say I am 100% positive of it not slipping at that rpm because the car is so loud, but I can say as far as I know, it does not, and I haven't had any cooling issues to relate to that.Without slipping under a 6,000 rpm load?
I'm really considering doing this. I've driven vehicles with no power steering before (including large military vehicles so this can't be as much of a workout). My question is I thought I read somewhere that you still need some ps fluid in the system (can't seem to find where I read it). Is that true? Or are you eliminating all fluid when you take out the pump, reservoir, and the rest of the components?
I stated years ago on pg 3 that you didn't need any fluid because the rack is already lubed with grease. Similar to a cv axle already being lubed with grease. Notice both the cv axle and your steering rack have dust boots?Fluid will still be inside the rack and pinion.
I was just out looking at the lines. Looks like 4 of the holes are just 2 lines going from the valve body to the rack. So I would suggest looping the high pressure line (mack daddy hose to power steering pump) to the low pressure line (smaller hose to power steering pump. So basically, your just using a spare piece of rubber hose and connecting it to the 2 lines/holes the go TO the power steering pump.I'm unclear on what do do with the lines. There are a total of 6 holes that lines are attached to. What do I do with these?
And what sizes will I need for any plugs or lines or fittings? I'd like to get what I need before I start this.