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Old 16 Oct 2012, 09:58 pm
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Default Slow P/S leak at the radiator connection.

A mechanic told me I had a leaking steering rack, but after cleaning everything off under the car and examining it 100 miles later, I found a seeping leak where the power steering hose connects to the radiator.

The connection that is on the driver's side of the car is the one that is leaking.

The clamp there is an odd one, anyone know how to take it off? I looks like it was crimped on, just a narrow band of metal. If I can get it off I might be able to just cut off the last 1/4 inch of hose and use a regular screw-down hose clamp in its place.

If that does not work, how do you replace that hose? Do you need to buy the entire part that connects all the way to the steering rack?

Thanks is advance!
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Old 16 Oct 2012, 10:05 pm
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A mechanic told me I had a leaking steering rack, but after cleaning everything off under the car and examining it 100 miles later, I found a seeping leak where the power steering hose connects to the radiator.

The connection that is on the driver's side of the car is the one that is leaking.

The clamp there is an odd one, anyone know how to take it off? I looks like it was crimped on, just a narrow band of metal. If I can get it off I might be able to just cut off the last 1/4 inch of hose and use a regular screw-down hose clamp in its place.

If that does not work, how do you replace that hose? Do you need to buy the entire part that connects all the way to the steering rack?

Thanks is advance!
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 02:53 am
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Default Re: Slow P/S leak at the radiator connection.

If it's just a compression crimp, I take those off with a big set if cutters and a twisting motion.

If this connects to the radiator, this will be your transmission cooling line. I don't think the power steering goes through the radiator at all.
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If it's just a compression crimp, I take those off with a big set if cutters and a twisting motion.

If this connects to the radiator, this will be your transmission cooling line. I don't think the power steering goes through the radiator at all.
This is a p/s line. Trans line has a separate cooler.
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 11:13 am
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Default Re: Slow P/S leak at the radiator connection.

Definitely P/S line, goes directly from the radiator to the steering rack.
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 05:08 pm
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Default Re: Slow P/S leak at the radiator connection.

Well, I got it fixed today. It was sort of a PITA to get the old crimp-clamp off the hose. Dykes didn't do it, I had to use a dremel.

It was on there so loose that I could rotate it by hand.

Once I got it off, I replaced it with a regular screw-type hose clamp.

Voile' An $1800 steering rack repair fixed for 1 hour of labor and a $1.49 hose clamp.
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