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Old 03-20-2015, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Power Steering Return Hose Leak

I noticed a small puddle of oil under the car last weekend. I traced it to the power steering return hose. The leak is at the junction of the rubber and metal line.
I have a new line, ready to install, but being here in Rustbelt, OH, the fitting into the rack is pretty rusted over. I DO NOT want to have to replace the rack on this car.
I'm thinking of just cutting the hard line, just before the leak, and splicing new steering line back up to the pump.
Any thoughts on the best way to do this?

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Default Re: Power Steering Return Hose Leak

PS return lines are low pressure lines. While I would prefer to replace the entire line, your concerns about the rusted fitting on the rack are valid. They can be a bear to get off due to limited access or not having the proper wrench.

Since this is a low pressure line, your alternative should work. Use a tubing cutter to make the cut. A hack saw will not result in a clean cut and would no doubt, introduce metal shavings into the system. Use a fuel injection line clamp to mate the rubber to the metal line. Regular hose clamps would work.....but tend to chew up the rubber lines if installed to tight.

Let us know how it goes.
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Default Re: Power Steering Return Hose Leak

Thanks for the suggestion on the fuel injection clamp. I've been spraying the fitting with penetrating oil, and going to do the job tomorrow. Looks like I will have more clearance by taking off the driver side wheel.
I have an 18mm line wrench, but will pick up some hose and a clamp as a backup.
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Default Re: Power Steering Return Hose Leak

Since you have a 2.2, you have some room for that line wrench. If you had the V-6 forget it!

If there is enough room to swing a hammer. Try a quick but firm wack on the end of that line wrench. A quick shock is more likely to loosen that 18mm nut as opposed to a steady pull that may round off the nut even using a line wrench.

You'll get it one way or the other. Keep us posted.
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Default Re: Power Steering Return Hose Leak

Got home from work, wrapped the fitting with a few paper towels and soaked it one last time in penetrating oil. After about an hour, I blew it off with a few blasts from the air compressor.
Put on the line wrench, eased on it from the top, and felt sweet victory as it loosened. It took only about a quarter turn to move the rest of the way out with my fingers.
Topped off, no leaks.
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You do great work! Thanks for the update, that will assist other members.
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