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Counter TIps: Rack and Pinion Units

Get All the Parts for the Job

  • Outer Tie Rods

  • CTO Tie-Rod installation kit

  • Pulley Puller (for pump placement)

  • Steering Coupler

  • Specialty Tools

  • Power Steering Pump

  • Fluid

  • Fluid Flush

  • Magna-Pure® Filter

  • Hoses

Do the Job Right

  • Flush the System  

    1. Flush power steering pump before connecting hoses. When flushing pump, crank engine only (Do not start engine).
    2. Fill pump reservoir with proper power steering fluid. Crank engine and continue to replenish fluid until fluid coming from hose runs clear. Do not allow pump to run without fluid.
    3. If possible, have someone turn steering wheel from full left to full right (avoid hitting stops). This helps purge system of dirt and metal particles.
    4. Reconnect return hose and fill reservoir to correct level. The system is self-bleeding, and a few turns from left to right should purge all air.
    5. Some applications may require vacuum bleeding to purge all air.
    6. Proper steering flushing method.


  • Ford Note:
    Some Ford pumps are difficult to purge. Result is a “growling” type of noise. Verify that all fittings are airtight by loosening slightly and retightening.

  • Replace All Hoses
    Hoses deteriorate from inside out. Bad hoses can be difficult/impossible to detect from outside inspection, and one rotted hose probably means all are rotted. Even one bad hose can recontaminate the system.

  • Check All Components
    Any one system component can retain contamination from old unit and contaminate replacement unit.

  • Install New Power Steering Filter
    Filters increase life of all components by filtering out particles not removed by flushing procedure and particles caused by every day system wear.

  • Always Use New Power Steering Fluid
    Use only manufacturer-recommended power steering fluid specific to your vehicle.

  • Adjust Belt to Correct Tension (if needed)
    Refer to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Perform Wheel Alignment

  • Follow CARDONE’S Easy-to-Read Instructions
    Follow the step-by-step, fully-illustrated instructions included with every unit. ALSO follow any specific instructions provided by vehicle manufacturer.

Avoid Warranty Problems

  1. Unit Has Never Been on Vehicle
    If unit has never been on car, return to store inventory (do not return to manufacturer). Signs to look for:

    1. No steering fluid in unit
    2. Installation kits unused
    3. Unit very clean
    4. Paint on or around the cap plugs is unbroken


  2. Check for Installer Damage
    Signs of improper installation, mishandling and tampering by the installer include:

    1. Broken port
    2. Cut/torn boots
    3. Stripped threads (mounting and/or ports)
    4. Rusted rack
    5. Broken housing
    6. Missing parts


  3. Defects for Warranty Consideration
    To qualify for possible warranty coverage, the unit must::

    1. Have CARDONE date code visible
    2. Show no signs of abuse
    3. Appear to have been on car
    4. Have mounting marks
    5. Have all parts returned


  4. Important Notes

    1. Warranty void if unit disassembled
    2. Remind customer to always return cores in replacement part original packaging


  5. Beware of Cores Claimed as Defects
    Do not accept unit for warranty if:

    1. No CARDONE color code visible
    2. No CARDONE paint
    3. Unit has missing parts.


Use CARDONE Power Steering Components for Long Life & Proven Performance

  • Sleeved housing

  • All new seals

  • Anti-rust/corrosive paint

  • Noise tested, hydraulically tested, and static tested for leaks

  • Stringent quality control

  • Complete, easy-to-follow installation instructions included

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