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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2013, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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550 power steering

Just got a 550 yesterday!!!!!!!!!!

As it got off the truck, I heard the power steering squeal I bit. But the time I got home ( 10 miles) the wheel was near impossible to turn. The reservoir was empty. I will replace the fluid, but are there any tips for a fix? Should I just bit the bullet and take my new beauty into the dealer?

Appreciate any help.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2013, 05:37 PM
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There are two common areas of 550 P/S leakage - one is the rack itself and the other is a weepy hose at the reservoir. If your reservoir was completely empty, it sounds as though your rack might have an incontinence problem........

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High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.

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Hoses are notoriously weak on the 65 deg V12 power steering systems (and other Ferraris). Make sure those are ok before going on to more expensive problems. A good hydraulic shop can build better replacement hoses than OEM.

Rebuilders. Maybe some of the pros can give an opinion on their competence and the advisability of rebuilding if things are bad.

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Thanks for the input I will check the hoses out this evening. I will assume if the hoses look okay, then off to the dealer I go?
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Check also for wet boots on the ends of the rack.

BTW, welcome to the 550 club - we need some additional V12 members and discussion with all the little V8's buzzing around here lately

'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084

High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.

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Fill her up and do the workshop manual trick of turning the steering back and forth to bleed it before you do anything. Then you or the tech can find the leak(s).

If you do not have a 550 WSM, download one for free from ferraridatabase.com for the complete procedure.

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I have about a 250% failure rate for rack rebuilders.

Just say no and buy a new one. If there is one single system that has to work EVERY time it is the steering.

I'd rather loose wheels and brakes than steering.
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I have about a 250% failure rate for rack rebuilders.

Just say no and buy a new one. If there is one single system that has to work EVERY time it is the steering.

I'd rather loose wheels and brakes than steering.
Oh my!

I will bleed the system and see what happens. Thanks to all for the advice! So happy to be part of the family!
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Brian - Good to know. At least with good steering, you can choose the crash location.

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