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Old 20 Feb 2019, 01:12 pm
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My PT and I have had an eventful run the last few weeks.

First, the car was towed from the parking lot here at my apartment building without waring, but that's a whole other story.

Next, the car was broken into through the passenger side window and ransacked. Glass everywhere. Huge mess. Perpetrator still at large.

Day after I got the window replaced, as I'm leaving work at the end of the day, power steering goes out.

Car is still drivable (with effort). I get it home and the reservoir is bone-dry. Next day, I dump some fluid in and its pouring from the undercarriage on the driver side.

So I take it in a. few days later. Diagnosis: Power steering pressure hose leaking and needs replacement.

Here's the catch: Mechanic informs he can't determine if the hose will come off rack and pinion and/or PS pump. Tells me I must commit to possible full-system replacement if hose cannot be removed. Gives me a potentially astronomical price tag, to which I object emphatically.

So now the car is back in the parking lot and I'm driving my girlfriend's Elantra while I try and determine the best course of action.

My three options: 1) find a new vehicle. 2) Buy the parts myself and find someone to install them. 3) Try and do the work myself.

Mechanic also informed me brake rotors are going bad and both engine mounts are broken.

Any advice from the forum?
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Old 20 Feb 2019, 03:02 pm
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If you are not comfortable with doing yourself, check with a different mechanic. This one sounds like he is looking for a payday!

I don't know you or your Cruiser. It might be possible you actually do need ALL of these repairs. I don't see any reason that he couldn't get the pressure hose to come loose on either end.

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Old 20 Feb 2019, 03:34 pm
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He says bolts are corroded. Shop has a good reputation. Parts he quoted were astronomical.

From what videos I've seen, only tools I would need are sockets. Correct me if Im wrong.
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Old 20 Feb 2019, 04:20 pm
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Another option is to check craigelist for a mobile mechanic. Not sure how big a thing that is in your area, but it's pretty big in my area and they tend to be a lot cheaper because they don't have shop costs. Just make sure you checkout the person you hire!
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Old 20 Feb 2019, 05:44 pm
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Here's how I replaced my high pressure hose:
power steering high pressure hose
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 08:27 am
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Default Re: Power Steering Dilemma

Since none of us know where you're located, we can't volunteer to help you or recommend a reputable garage. Maybe that would help.
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 10:39 am
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 12:13 pm
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Since none of us know where you're located, we can't volunteer to help you or recommend a reputable garage. Maybe that would help.
Mileage and exact model will def. help as well.

You say parts are expensive - thats not my experience. Pattern parts are as cheap as chips and off hand I can't think of anything that you wouldn't be able to buy pattern parts of or from a breakers if you got stuck, and broken S/H parts are peanuts.

Oil from under drivers side *could* be the switch gone, not the hose. Again, it might depend on your model, but I seem to remember when I had PS problems on a 2ltr petrol the back hose didn't look to bad a job.
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 01:17 pm
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07 Touring Edition around 83,500
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