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Old 07-09-2017, 09:41 AM
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Ok the wife buys a forklift. So naturally it is up to me to fix it.
Its a Hyster H60 made in 1969
The problem is the steering. The steering wheel spins freely. The guy who sold it said there was a coupler on the steering shaft that was broke. Well I took the column apart and the coupler is just fine. My question is does the steering wheel spin freely when the engine is not running?
It did not come with a propane tank or the hose
I will get those this week.
I don't want to put the steering column back if in if needs the pump rebuilt.
The pump is connected to the steering shaft
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:40 AM
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Check for fluid in the steering system. I am sure that the steering should work even if the motor is not running no power assist but it must steer.
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Old 07-09-2017, 12:42 PM
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I don't want to put the steering column back if in if needs the pump rebuilt.
The pump is connected to the steering shaft
You got to stop your wife doing this....
That is not a pump on the bottom of the steering shaft, it is a steering valve. If there is fluid in the system, as Terry says, the steering vale has the capability to generate some pressure from turning the steering wheel, and if the machine is moving you can steer it with a good strong arm.
You should also check the pump itself, which will be driven from the engine, a belt may be off.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:29 PM
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We have a smaller Hyster of the same age range. I think it's an H50 but I can't say for sure because the serial no's are obliterated. The steering doesn't "work" when the motor isn't running but it's definitely connected; it's hard to turn when the motor isn't running--definitely doesn't freewheel.

As Terry and Gerry have said check the fluid and the drive belt. If the belt is intact and fluid is low you may experience stuttering in the steering but if you're getting nothing then you either have no belt or no fluid.

Does yours have a common reservoir for all the hydraulics? I'm trying to remember if ours does--Ill check tomorrow when I get to the shop. Does the forklift move under its own power or have you got that far yet?

Manuals for forklifts are a bitch to find; at least without spending a lot of money. There is info available for the motors. I'm assuming yours has a Continental--is it a 4 or a 6?

Wisconsin bought Continental quite a few years ago and for quite a while they had most of the Continental manuals available online but the last time I checked not everything was there and they want $30 per manual for what they do have. Here's a link to the site...

http://www.wisconsinmotorscanada.ca/yc.html

I downloaded copies of most of the Continental stuff (all in PDF format) before they started charging for it--if you want copies PM me your email address and I'll send them to you...
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:32 PM
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Check for fluid in the steering system. I am sure that the steering should work even if the motor is not running no power assist but it must steer.
Okay I will check
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:37 PM
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You got to stop your wife doing this....
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Like I could

I think I will put the steering back together. When I get the hose and the tank I will see what happens when its running
She was told the engine runs good It has new plugs wires and coil
I will check which engine it has
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:42 PM
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My '67 has a Saginaw style box, ball and worm, with hydraulic assist, that is to say, its " connected ", pressure comes from the main pump, it does not have a power steering pump.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:55 AM
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Sounds like the shaft inside the orbital valve is broke. Just FYI, the is a forklift wrecking yard down on about 27th ave and Sherman down by the RR tracks.
If fluid doesn't solve the issue identify the orbital model number and try to find a manual for it. Try Midwest steering (?) For a parts kit. Otherwise find a similar displacement pump on EBay.
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:38 PM
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It is a 4 cylinder engine
The fluid does not register on the dipstick
It looks like the hydraulic pump is run direct to the motor.
There is no belt
I got a hose today and will get a tank tomorrow
I think I have a couple of gallons of hydraulic fluid.
I also need a battery. How big of a battery should I get?
The battery tray is pretty big
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:48 PM
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