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Over the years, after having rebuilt hundreds of steering boxes, control valves, pumps and cylinders, there are always a few that stand out because of the damage caused or inflicted upon them. Here are a few examples of what we see on an almost weekly basis.
"Whadaya mean ya can't rebuild it? It was working fine when I sent it to ya!"
Caused when the recirculating balls break due to binding or stress. Driver forces steering wheel and the balls are compressed until they blow apart the guides.
OFF RACK BLOCK
Caused by collision putting stress on steering linkage or over-tightening of sector adjustment screw
BROKEN and CHIPPED TEETH
Caused by over-tightening of sector adjustment screw
BENT 1965-1966 MUSTANG V8 CENTERLINK
Caused by driving over and bottoming out control valve on rock or curb. Also caused by using manual steering tie rod ends instead of correct curved power steering tie rod ends, causing them to crash into control valve under certain conditions.
FORD PUMP PULLEY HUB
Damaged by trying to use a standard gear-type jaw puller instead of special pulley removal tool
CRACKED PORT on
Usually caused by obvious hammering on side of port. Also caused by installing a tapered pipe-thread fitting into port and splitting it by expansion
REWORKED BALL STUD BUSHING
Someone tried to save a few bucks by brazing brass onto a worn bushing to try and build it up