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Currently having my VR checked over by my specialists, and they told me that the power steering may be bad, which I never noticed. But this diagnosis is one that i have been thinking about on occasion...

You see, my first car was a 1992 Ford Escort base model, which had fully manual steering (and fully manual everything else). I loved it. Recently, I have wondered if it is possible to disengage the power assist on my steering and enjoy the same connection to the road that I did back in the 1990s.

I assume there are differences in steering ratios between manual and power steering, but apart from that, would disengaging the system return road-feel to the driving experience? Or is the power hardware still going to mediate the feel, even if disengaged?
 

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Currently having my VR checked over by my specialists, and they told me that the power steering may be bad, which I never noticed. But this diagnosis is one that i have been thinking about on occasion...

You see, my first car was a 1992 Ford Escort base model, which had fully manual steering (and fully manual everything else). I loved it. Recently, I have wondered if it is possible to disengage the power assist on my steering and enjoy the same connection to the road that I did back in the 1990s.

I assume there are differences in steering ratios between manual and power steering, but apart from that, would disengaging the system return road-feel to the driving experience? Or is the power hardware still going to mediate the feel, even if disengaged?

Generally it’s a bad idea. The rack will have a lot of on center vagueness if the delete isn’t done properly since the rack needs to be lubricated by the fluid in it (at least it’s like that in the Miata world), i’d assume it would make the cars electronics mad as well, plus if you’re running on just a bad pump it could shred your serpentine belt which may mean bye bye timing belt.


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I had to drive my R home less than a mile once when the serpentine belt snapped, and having no power steering was a bear. It definitely would not be the same as your old Escort. It might be okay when you get used to it at speed, but parking lot maneuvers will take a good bit of strength.
 

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Yeah, I figured it was a bad idea. Thanks for the confirmation.
 
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