Ram cylinder cleaned & tested

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have disassembled the power steering system and started working on the ram cylinder. I cleaned and inspected the shaft for gouges or wear. The shaft is excellent shape. So the next step was to put it under some pressure to check for leaks. It held pressure for over 1/2 hour. I decided I would clean the exterior of the cylinder and call it good.

  1. flynbrian48 says:

    I admire youre optomism about that cylinder, but from experience with my ’59 ‘Bird and ’68 Mustang, I lack your enthusiasm about this (leaky, sloppy steering, goofy) system. Maybe you’ll get lucky though!


    • ranchwagon says:


      I also have experience with these units. I had a ’58 T-bird for years, and I actually work with these ram cylinders/Control valve units on a daily basis. You are right about them being a leaky, goofy set up, as a small puddle of power steering fluid under a ’50′s Ford is so common you’d think it was a factory option!

      I have worked on so many of these units now, I can swap out a control valve in my sleep. So I’m not worried.

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