Civic '95 Power Steering Removal

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Mr. Speck, Nov 22, 2003.

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    Mr. Speck Guest

    I used to have an old ~ '87 civic with rack 'n pinion steering
    (non-power steering), and I liked it a lot. I like driving with the
    just the basics, none of this fru-fru stuff. But my current '95 civic
    has power steering. Is it possible to replace the power steering with
    a rack 'n pinion steering? Is it difficult? I just heard a question
    on CarTalk that was similar to this, and they said cutting the belt is
    actually worse, since you end up having to push the wheels AND the
    left over power steering junk.. I'm pretty sure the '95 civic didn't
    have a non-power steering option, so I'm not sure I could swap out
    parts with a model that doesn't have power steering. Anyone know?
    Any ideas?

    thanks as always!! y'all are awesome!
    -Mr. Speck
    Mr. Speck, Nov 22, 2003
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    Randolph Guest

    The '95 Civic has rack & pinion steering with power assist on most
    models. My '94 service manual does have mention of a non-power steering
    (still rack and pinion) variety as well. I checked at and it does not list power steering on the '92 CX
    hatchback (I checked this one as it is the cheapest model in the
    earliest model year). So the parts exist for a conversion to non-power

    If you search through the archived news groups on you
    may find a thread on doing the opposite, putting power steering in a
    Civic that did not come with it. I seem to remember that it entails
    replacing the front sub frame, but that is a vague memory only.
    Randolph, Nov 22, 2003
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    Jeff Tamblyn Guest

    Why don't you remove the ps belt and try driving? My '96 CX has manual
    steering and a new rack for it is under $200.
    Jeff Tamblyn, Nov 23, 2003
  4. I believe all the 92-95 VX and CX models did not have power steering. My
    beloved 94 Civic CX did not have power steering, and I loved the steering
    feel and feedback. Just go to a junkyard and see if you can get the parts.
    Peter Doherty, Nov 23, 2003
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    VelociRacer Guest

    Just taking off the belt may not be good (long term) for the rack. Check
    out this procedure, used by RealTime race team (NSX and RSX):

    Procedure should be similar to your 5G Civic which is the chassis for
    the ITR.

    VelociRacer, Nov 23, 2003
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    radar Guest

    Just remove the PS belt AND drain the fluid from the system so you do not
    have the resistance of the fluid in the rack and you will have manual

    Hope this helps

    radar, Nov 25, 2003
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