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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Power steering hose(s)

Hey all,
Found out yesterday that my power steering hose or hoses have sprung a leak. Took me a while, but there was an odd fluid all over the driver side of the engine bay. After some cleaning and with the engine running, I found a small amount of fluid building up in the area below:



Anything special I need to know about this part - is it over the counter, do I need to special order a quality part, what am I going to run into when I try to replace it?

Thanks a ton!

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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Nevermind, the search function is your friend

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wr...ement-1103215/
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Take that hose with you to NAPA to be sure you get the CORRECT fittings.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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Good advice That'll be my plan when I get around to it tomorrow.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 02:51 PM   #5
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Make sure you get some FRESH, PS fluid.
You might as well change the return line also ......
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Unread 08-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Yep, my plan is to go through that thread above to a "T." Well, maybe I'll skip the pulling of the radiator part...but maybe I'll stick with it. I'm pretty sure I have to re-seat my thermostat so may as well drain the coolant...again :/
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Unread 08-19-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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So far I've managed to get the return hose off the hardline, the pump off the block, and the high pressure line disconnected from everything. Next up: seeing if our local parts store has the high pressure line!

so far - no need to pull the radiator. although the brace connecting the hard lines to the frame was tricky to get off, and I imagine will be tricky to get back on...
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Also - I did not need an 18mm wrench to get the pump side of the HP hose off, but I did need it to get the gear box side off.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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So I've had to pull the radiator - major pain because I just replaced it and all the hoses, and had to cut the hoses to get it loose.

My question is, I finally managed to get the high pressure hose seated and threaded...but it only threads about half way. Is this normal? Or should I spend another couple hours trying to reseat it? When it threads, it threads easily, but it ain't going any further than half way.
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Sounds like the fitting is not correct.
Did you take the OEM hose with you to confirm fitting sizes and threads when you bought the new one?
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I dunno, might not be a problem. There were definitely threads showing on my lines before I removed them. It may not have been half the fitting but probably easily 1/4-1/3.

If you can't see any problem with the threads on the fitting where it stops I'd say it's probably ok.

But as LG mentioned, make sure it's the correct type of fitting and that the parts monkey didn't give you a SAE flare line when you needed a metric o-ring or vice versa.
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As best I could tell, the fittings were the same - both looked like the pic below, but I can't be sure on the thread size. The old went out with the trash the other day after I compared visually.

Note this pic is from a cherokee part, but the ends looked the same:


I'm going to head home in a bit, back it out a few turns, then try to pop it a little in case it wasn't threading correctly. I'll reattempt the threading then.
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Those ends are right for an o-ring box, which you should have if it's original.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 11:07 AM   #14
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With the fitting style confirmed I doubt the thread size is wrong. It must be a metric fitting and if the size were wrong it wouldn't go in as far as you have it. Snap a pic of the hose as it is before you loosen it again. That should help determine if it's seated properly. The fitting that goes into the steering gear is about twice as long as the one on the other end that goes into the pump. So I'm still thinking you're ok.
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I'll post up in a couple of hours on it. Thanks guys.
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