Just wondering if any of you started with power steering and dis-connected the pump what kind of gains you saw? When we get my wife a new Honda Fit I think I will disconnect the belt and see what gains are to be had.
******Disconnect on the 93 Civic not the Fit******
If I were to disconnect the power steering, here is what I think I would have to do :
1 - Change my current DOHC power steering belt configuration from this :
to this SOHC configuration :
Since the engines are the same, the pulley are all in the same place, . I would have to get my hands on the belt the goes with the configuration shown above, probably from a Saturn dealer. The AC stays for the sake of other passengers.
2 - Disattach the power steering pump from the rack. I *think* I can do this because I think that the rack and pinion is the same for both cars. Leaving the pump mechanism in place would leave a ton of resistance in the steering and make it undriveable.
3 - Cross my fingers and hope my ECU/PCM doesn't get mad at me.
These Saturns were sold without power steering, and my car weighs 2400 lbs, so I think that I am fine safety-wise. I prefer the road feel of manual rack and pinion anyway.