what is the cost to replace the high pressure power steering hose
by Visitor in Lawton, IA on June 04, 2010
Put the front end on jackstands, brace the back tire. In between the 2 front tires you'll see a rack and pinion. On the gear box that hooks up to the steering column there are 2 hydrolic lines. The left one is the power steering line, on the safe side follow the line to the power steering resevoir. Use a flange wrench to remove the line from the power steering resevoir and the rack. Theres also a few nuts holding the line in place along the fenders, those will need to be removed as well. Now put the new hose on in the order it was removed, tighten nuts nice and tight add fluid without over filling resevoir, start egine with cap off the resevoir... the system should burp. Once the fluid starts flowing you may need to add a little more. The steering wheel may be a bit stiff but should return to normal in a day or two. I recommend burping the system once a day while watching fluid levels and checking for leaks. As a side note there is a heat shield connected to the rack and held in place by to little nuts on top. Removing this heat shield makes it easy to remove the power steering line. But it's very tight in there. With a lift and airtools I'd do this job in 30 minute. A saturday morning mechanic should do it in 1 to 2 hours with regular tools and jackstands. You don't have to be a mechanic to do this, you just need common sense like having a bucket to catch the fluids before opening the line, lol or removing both front tire to get sunlight and a better view, etc, etc. Also inspect rack for oil leaks. It's real easy go for it. Doing this project yourself will give you confidence to maybe take on bigger tasks in the future and will give you a better visually understanding of the car. If you can't see it you might never know how easy it is. But if you bring it to a shop it should be no more than an hour labor plus part.
What do you need the flanch wrench for??
at a shop, they wanted $280 and I already had the part paid for $80.
Did it myself in an hour and a 1/2 and it only leaks about 3/4 of a quart of fluid. Don't get ripped off at a shop, a backyard mech. friend will do it for $40-$50 Dollars in this economy
what do you mean it only leaks 3/4 of a quart of fluid, are you saying you still didnt fix it and its leaking less?
I'm sure he means it only "lost" 3/4 of a qt when changing the hose