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Ford power steering

Discussion in 'Classic Machinery' started by mikep, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. mikep

    mikep Member

    My old Sanderson has an annoying steering problem and I wonder if anyone can give me some advice
    It generally steers fine but occasionally it just refuses to steer any more than a bit, getting any lock on is difficult to say the least. Hardly noticeable when traveling but when actually moving stuff can be a pain. It even proves difficult with a good load up front.
    I've resealed the pump and changed the filter (what twit designed that set up?) Fluid stays put no froth so not cavitating.
    Any suggestions welcome.
  2. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Welshpool Powys
    Steering orbital unit worth checking
  3. essexpete

    essexpete Member

    Which model? ACE might be able to help.
  4. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy Member

    What type of had pump did you reveal @ mikep as I could have a priority valve fitted to it.
  5. mikep

    mikep Member

    It's the Ford tractor pump as in 5000 so dedicated steering. May be worth having a look at the orbitrol unit @Kevtherev but I thought they were either or?
  6. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Fen Edge
    Find priority valve. Pull it it out and clean it, may be polish it with something suitably gentle. Likely a bit of fluff from ram seals blocking it. Our 725 used to do it all the time....
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  7. mikep

    mikep Member

    No priority valve as it uses the tractor pump.
  8. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy Member

    Are we sure as the info I have shows a steering pump for the Ford 5000 to have its own tank and priority valve in the front cover. If we can get some pictures we can hopefully confirm what pump is actually fitted.
  9. mikep

    mikep Member

    It's the all in one pump/reservoir. Can't think it would have a PV as it only feeds one circuit.
  10. Mursal

    Mursal Member

    Stick an oil pressure gauge on a tee piece on the output from the pump and see what you have when good and when bad?
    Also worth checking the kingpin bushes and bearings, one might be going to seize.

    The tight bush will just make the relief valve in the pump open .......
  11. mikep

    mikep Member

    A tight bush makes my 'relief valve' open and pump as well:ROFLMAO:

    Will try that but it could actually be the prv as when it is playing up you can only get a small turn either way then nothing no matter how hard you rev it's solid.
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  12. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy Member

    Is this the pump on the Sanderson?

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  13. mikep

    mikep Member

    Looks the same. Does it have a prv built in?

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